Trilliant, the global provider of secure, enterprise-wide smart energy communications, and Siemens have partnered to deliver smart energy communications for three projects for the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in Mexico City and the State of Mexico. The enterprise-wide communications network includes both AMI (advanced metering infrastructure) and DA (distribution automation) elements designed to reduce energy losses, engage consumers with energy choices, and modernize the nation’s power grid.
The three smart energy projects are the latest collaboration under a global partnership agreement that provides Siemens access to the Trilliant Smart Communications Platform which, combined with Siemens digital grid offerings, provides a comprehensive solution to help utilities worldwide to modernize grid infrastructure and performance.
Trilliant’s multi-tier network, including both wide area and near area networking (WAN and NAN), will connect the utility to 634,000 Siemens advanced meters across seven districts of Mexico City as well as providing communication with nearly 12,900 distribution transformers across more than 1,185 kilometers-circuit lines (736+ miles).
The enterprise-wide approach is possible on a single network because Trilliant provides the industry’s broadest portfolio of diverse technologies (including 5GHz Secure Mesh WAN, 2.4GHz Secure Mesh NAN, LTE/GPRS and 2.4GHz RPMA) on a unifying Smart Communications Platform. This approach streamlines management and monitoring of the AMI network and provides a platform for seamless addition of future applications or devices.
“Trilliant’s globally compliant solution is an integral part of Siemens’ offering to CFE,” said Thomas Zimmermann, CEO Digital Grid Business Unit, Siemens Energy Management Division. “It provides the secure communications foundation our energy customers require to prepare for a future in which they will manage and monitor an increasing number of connected devices and applications for distribution automation, efficiency, customer engagement or load-side management.”
Siemens has been active in Mexico since 1894. This project supports Mexico’s modernization of its energy infrastructure through smart grid and internet of things (IoT)-enabling technologies to ensure safe, reliable electricity for its growing economy. According to a CFE press release of September 1, 2016, it “aims to diminish technical and non-technical losses associated to the lack of measurement of electric power consumption, as well as the lack of maintenance and modernization of distribution networks.”
“It’s been a privilege to partner with Siemens in our common vision to equip energy providers worldwide with the communications foundation to meet the energy needs of the future,” said Andy White, Trilliant chairman and CEO.
For more information about Siemens Smart Grid, see: w3.siemens.com/smartgrid.