Kansas City Power & Light Energizes Its Network with Motorola’s PTP 58600 Fixed Broadband Solution
Utility company takes innovative approach to improving network reliability
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - 20 September 2006 - Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), a leading regulated provider of electricity in the Midwest, has deployed Motorola’s PTP 58600 broadband wireless point-to-point Ethernet bridges, formerly known as Orthogon Systems OS-Spectra, to provide higher levels of capacity, security and reliability to the utility company’s internal data communications network.
The PTP 58600 wireless Ethernet bridges are part of Motorola’s MOTOwi4™ portfolio of innovative wireless broadband solutions and services that creates, complements and completes IP networks. Delivering IP coverage to virtually all spaces, the MOTOwi4 portfolio includes Fixed Broadband, Mesh, Broadband over Powerline, and WiMAX solutions for private and public networks.
A pioneer in adopting leading-edge wireless technologies, KCP&L selected the PTP 58600 because of its easy integration into its existing network and to support newer, advanced internal applications, such as remote monitoring. KCP&L operates a 15-year-old 6 GHz licensed system throughout its service area, connecting power plants, substations and corporate locations. This system could no longer handle the high-bandwidth requirements for Internet access, multimedia or VoIP applications. In addition, KCP&L was looking to upgrade its data network to better meet its future needs.
This deployment was unique because instead of completely replacing the existing 6 GHz licensed network, KCP&L decided to run the PTP 58600 network, an unlicensed spectrum solution, in parallel with the current system. By using Motorola’s wi4 Fixed Broadband solutions, KCP&L is able to provide additional communications capacity, and improved reliability to its network at a reasonable cost.
To date, KCP&L has deployed 33 PTP 58600 bridges that deliver 100 Mbps across its entire network, spanning over 200 miles from end to end. In addition, high-reliability throughout the network is sustained because of the PTP 58600’s ability to combat fading over long distances.
“KCP&L’s commitment to using technology has helped us achieve top-tier operating performance, resulting in an outstanding record of reliability and high customer satisfaction,” said John Marshall, senior vice president, Delivery, at KCP&L. “When it came time to add additional bandwidth to our network, we turned to Orthogon Systems for a powerful, high-capacity system that was cost-efficient and provided the necessary flexibility for future beneficial applications.”
Orthogon Systems, a recognized leader in wireless solutions for reliable connectivity in difficult environments, was acquired by Motorola in May 2006. Orthogon Systems products now are offered by Motorola’s Point-to-Point Wireless Solutions Group.
“The role of public utilities continues to evolve due to an ever-changing economic, political and social climate,” said Phil Bolt, general manager, Motorola’s Point-to-Point Wireless Solutions Group. “As these socio-economic forces continue to redefine its sector, KCP&L had the foresight to adopt a wireless network to consistently provide its community with reliable and high-quality service.”
Revenue from this transaction, processed by TESSCO Technologies, Inc., was recorded by Orthogon prior to its acquisition by Motorola. TESSCO, previously an authorized Orthogon distributor, now is a Motorola Point-to-Point distributor for North America.
For more information on Motorola’s wi4 Fixed point-to-point wireless solutions, please visit: www.motorola.com/ptp
About Kansas City Power & Light
Headquartered in Kansas City, MO., KCP&L (www.kcpl.com) is a leading regulated provider of electricity in the Midwest. KCP&L is a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP), the holding company for KCP&L and Strategic Energy, L.L.C., a competitive electricity supplier.
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