The IEC 61850 support enables the smart grid nodes to collect, store, and communicate data from intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) and subsequently filter the amount of data backhauled, according to the company

Apart from accelerating grid operations, the resulting flexible, node-based communications architecture is also claimed to ensure optimal performance and effectively address overall system availability and security to meet the challenging substation and distribution automation requirements.

Ambient chief technology officer David Masters said seamless communication is a vital enabler of grid modernization.

"Through facilitating interoperability and field-based data management utilizing common utility protocols, like IEC61850 and DNP3, we can have an impact on reducing overall network costs," Masters added.

Ambient’s Smart Grid Node family facilitates real time data communication for several applications in parallel, such as smart metering, distributed generation and storage, demand response, and distribution automation.