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GE Digital Energy Introduces Secure, Industrial-Grade WiMAX Radio for Wireless Communication - the MDS Mercury 3650™

 This single-box communications solution for the energy, utility and oil & gas market can reduce base station infrastructure costs by up to 67%

Rochester, New York, December 11, 2008 -- GE Digital Energy announces the release of the MDS Mercury 3650, a highly secure, industrial grade radio, which provides up to 9 megabits per second (Mbps) aggregate Ethernet throughput for mission critical, industrial SCADA, AMI, video and VoIP wireless communications applications in the United States. Based on WiMAX technology – a high-speed, long-range wireless communication standard – the Mercury 3650 directly addresses the industry’s growing need for large throughput capabilities due to increased security requirements, additional hardware features, and field expansion due to mergers and acquisitions. With a return on investment measured in just a few months rather than years, the high capacity 3.65 GHz wireless solution provides a cost-effective alternative to wired options such as leased T1 and T3 lines or buried dedicated lines.

Built on innovative 802.16d technology, the Mercury 3650 is capable of prioritizing data using Quality of Service (QoS) and dedicated service flows, so that the applications most important to the business, such as video for security or mission-critical asset monitoring, will always have bandwidth. Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) with Forward Error Correction (FEC) and Automatic Repeat reQuest (ARQ) provide robust near- and non-line-of-sight communication capabilities, which can reduce base infrastructure costs by not requiring direct line of site capabilities.

Mercury 3650 operates in the most rugged, harsh industrial environments. It is certified to operate in extreme temperature ranges, from -40C to +70C. The product’s rugged, durable aluminum chassis is tested to military standards for shock and vibration. Deployments in hazardous and electric power substation environments are facilitated by the solution’s Class 1/Div 2 certification and IEEE 1613-compliance.

 “Our customers require the most hardened, secure products for their mission critical wireless communications applications,” said Claudio Cargnelli, Global Marketing Manager, GE Digital Energy. “The MDS Mercury 3650, with its implementation in the 3.65 – 3.70 GHz non-exclusive licensed band, provides the protection they require. Its one-box solution simplifies deployments, and reduces infrastructure and maintenance costs.” “Customer feedback is that the Mercury 3650’s single-box architecture is extremely rugged, easy to deploy and cost-effective,” stated Cargnelli.

For more information on the MDS Mercury platform, visit www.gemds.com

About GE Digital Energy:

GE Digital Energy is part of GE Enterprise Solutions, is a global leader in protection and control, communications, power sensing and power quality solutions. Its products and services increase the reliability of electrical power networks and critical equipment for utility, industrial and large commercial customers. From protecting and optimizing assets such as generators, transmission lines and motors, to ensuring secure wireless data transmission and providing uninterruptible power, GE Digital Energy delivers industry-leading technologies to solve the unique challenges of each customer. For more information, visit http://www.gedigitalenergy.com.


About GE Enterprise Solutions:

GE Enterprise Solutions elevates customers' productivity and profitability with integrated solutions using sensors and non-destructive testing; security and life safety technologies; power system protection and control; and plant automation and embedded computing systems. Enterprise Solutions' high-tech, high-growth businesses include Sensing & Inspection Technologies, Security, Digital Energy, and GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. The business has 17,000 problem-solving employees in more than 60 countries around the world.

Media Contact

Donna Mirandola
Communications Manager
GE Digital Energy
905-201-2407
donna.mirandola@ge.com