Full Spectrum To Supply Next Generation Private Broadband Cellular Network To Minnesota-Based Great River Energy
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 22, 2016 — Full Spectrum Inc., a leading supplier of private broadband cellular data networks to utilities, announced today that Great River Energy selected the Company’s FullMAX Wireless Technology for its next generation mission critical wireless data network.
Headquartered in Maple Grove, Minnesota, Great River Energy is a not-for-profit electric cooperative providing wholesale power to 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and into Wisconsin. Great River Energy’s member cooperatives distribute that electricity to families, farms and businesses serving almost 1.7 million people.
Great River Energy’s decision to deploy a private broadband cellular network is based on its ongoing need for highly reliable and secure data communications to its substations and other mission critical assets. Great River Energy selected FullMAX after rigorous lab and field trials throughout 2015.
“We chose Full Spectrum for a variety of reasons,” stated Jim Jones, Great River Energy’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology. “The FullMAX radio platform meets our current needs with the added benefit of increased capacity for future growth, including support for the management and control of distribution automation applications and distributed energy resources like solar and wind. Also, of critical importance to us is the new IEEE 802.16s standard that we believe will increase the adoption of private cellular networks within the industry and enhance efficiency for data communications.”
“We are delighted to have been selected by Great River Energy as partners in the deployment of their next generation private cellular network,” stated Full Spectrum’s Robert Burchard. “Great River Energy is well respected within the utility industry for embracing best practices and leveraging technology to ensure the delivery of highly reliable electricity service to its customers. We look forward to working with Great River Energy in developing and deploying new products based on FullMAX technology which supports their requirements for reliable, secure network connectivity throughout the transmission and distribution network.”