RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tantalus Systems, a smart grid technology company which helps utilities make smarter decisions through the use of its market-leading edge computing platform, announced today the addition of a new load control switch to its existing product portfolio that features 4 independently-controllable relays. The new model further demonstrates the capability of the Tantalus Utility Network (TUNet®) and its embedded TRUEdge™ computing module to support multiple applications beyond Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).
The 4-relay load control switch is a compact and cost-effective solution capable of managing residential and commercial electrical loads. The ability to manage 4 different loads independently while tracking event execution through two-way communications allows a utility to effectively target load management and improve the efficiency and resiliency of its electric distribution network while minimizing impact to the utility’s customers. The 4-relay switch will also leverage OptiCycle™, an intelligent cycling feature, which further maximizes load reduction while supporting cold load pick-up and event ramping. The optional event opt-out and recurring scheduling features provide additional tools to support utility demand management, direct load control, energy efficiency and consumer engagement programs.
“Tantalus is already helping our utility cope with the wide variety of installation situations and load configurations we encounter in the field,” said Dan Tepfer, Energy Management/Key Account Representative, Kandiyohi Power Cooperative. “The addition of the 4-relay model provides much more flexibility to efficiently handle even our most challenging sites without additional equipment.”
Tantalus is making its load switch platform available to other AMI and smart grid vendors for integration with their respective communication networks to extend Tantalus’ reach beyond its growing presence in the Municipal and Cooperative utility market.
“Tantalus continues to lead the way in innovative and effective technologies in support of the Municipal and Cooperative utility segment. We are excited to expand our product portfolio in a way that further assists utilities seeking to build a sustainable business model and improve customer service,” said Peter Londa, Tantalus’ CEO. “The 4-relay load control switch demonstrates our continued commitment to deliver solutions that meet the needs of our customers and we are excited to provide access to this new product to the broader utility market through alliances and partnerships.”
Tantalus provides TUNet – the Tantalus Utility Network – which is an award-winning end-to-end communications platform utilizing IP-based networks including fiber, WiMAX and cellular as well as 220 & 900 MHz wireless radio frequency. TUNet is designed and built for the smart grid and unites utility applications through distributed, Linux-based edge computing capability at every endpoint, thereby enhancing the value of data across all utility departments through integrated solutions such as AMI, outage management, power quality monitoring, load management, lighting controls and distribution automation that are cost-effective and practical to deploy throughout urban, suburban and rural service areas. For more information, please visit www.tantalus.com.