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GE MDS Introduces the Next Generation of Secure Wireless Monitoring for Remote, Mission Critical Applications- MDS SD4™

Rochester, NY - July 29, 2008:

GE Digital Energy announces the MDS SD4™, a long range, low power consumption and solar friendly industrial radio ideal for customers operating in rugged, remote environments such as the oil and gas, utility, water/waste water and rail industries.

The much-anticipated SD4, the next generation of MDS licensed radios, sets new standards for modern wireless Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) networks. Its 30% longer range means that more remote points can be monitored at greater distance with fewer access points, resulting in lower infrastructure costs and more efficient networks. The exceptionally low power requirements reduce the size of batteries and solar panels. A remote solar site can be configured at half the size and cost of competitive solutions. In conjunction with an integrated sleep mode, the SD4 can operate 2-5 times longer than competing radios.

With a wider temperature range of operation, the SD4 meets the stringent environmental requirements for mission-critical applications, as well as the approvals that support it. The SD4 extends the capacity and capability of existing MDS 4710 networks by providing backward compatibility and adding the ability to expand into Ethernet networks. The addition of Ethernet networking lays the groundwork for future technology migration into highly secure IP networks.

"We've raised the bar in performance, durability and flexibility for SCADA radios. The SD4 integrates seamlessly into existing MDS 4710/4790 radio systems, and is future-proof, providing customers with the foundation for the services of the future," stated Roberto Vengoechea, General Manager, GE Digital Energy - MDS. "With the SD4, we are meeting both the short and long-term wireless communication needs of our customers giving them the ability to add functionality through firmware upgrades and hardware support for both legacy and emerging interfaces. " The MDS SD4 is FCC/ETSI/CE certified, and meets Hazardous Location-UL Class 1 div 2, Groups A, B, C & D specifications. It also meets FCC 6.25 kHz rebanding requirements, as well as IEEE 1613 for noise immunity operation in electric substation environments. The unit is compliant with the RoHS/WEEE lead-free environmental directive.

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

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.

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Donna Mirandola
Communications Manager
GE Digital Energy