SPGs incorporate advanced two-way communications and distributed computing capabilities for improved control, efficiency, reliability and safety. Through this smart grid pilot, National Grid and Alvarion could give selected customers across the Northeast an opportunity to experience the benefits of this application through reduced energy consumption, reduced carbon emission and ultimately, a lower utility bill. Alvarion will help enable National Grid achieve a clean and efficient energy network of the future, for the region.

Alvarion provides broadband wireless connectivity solutions for SPGs, allowing connectivity for distribution automated (DA) devices and backhaul for smart meter collectors.

“WiMAX is becoming a vital part of next-generation SPG connectivity, as it provides a range of benefits aligned with power utilities’ business objectives and technical requirements,” said Greg Daily, president of Alvarion, Inc. “Our BreezeMAX solution enables advanced wireless broadband capabilities to meet specific utility requirements and delivers improved customer benefits.”

Alvarion’s BreezeMAX 3650 platform is reliable, secured and supports 802.16e antenna technologies including MIMO, fourth order diversity, and MRRC to maximize capacity and coverage in non-line-of-site ( NLOS) conditions. BreezeMAX 3650 has flexible deployment alternatives for SPG connectivity meeting the deployment needs for lowering capital and operating costs while providing the required performance.

Alvarion is an Israel-based provider of WiMAX and wireless broadband solutions.