RuggedCom Receives Record Order Totaling More Than $2 Million from U.S. Utility

Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, March 17, 2009 –- RuggedCom Inc. (TSX:RCM), a provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments, today announced that it has received a purchase order from a major U.S. electric power utility totaling more than $US 2 million.

The order was for RuggedCom's industry leading RuggedRouter® and RuggedSwitch® communications networking devices which are specifically designed to operate reliably in harsh electric utility substation environments. The units will be used to create secure communications networks for use in substation automation and Smart Grid applications. Expected shipments are to be spread out over the next 36-48 months and would be installed in about 300 substations with the possibility for additional substations in the future.

“For this order, we leveraged our domain expertise in the electric power sector and our market leadership in providing reliable and secure communications networks for deployment in electric utility substations,” explained Marzio Pozzuoli, President and CEO of RuggedCom. “This is a new customer and we worked with them to get it right. Our customers are upgrading their substations with intelligent electronic devices and high-speed communications networks; a key step towards achieving a Smart Grid.”

RuggedCom worked closely with the customer to ensure that the solution provided would meet their specific requirements. Two key selling points were RuggedCom's industry leading RuggedRatedâ„¢ product performance, which ensures reliable operation in electrically harsh substation environments and the extensive cyber security features embedded in the products, which enable compliance with NERC CIP cyber security requirements for critical infrastructure in electric utilities.

RuggedRatedâ„¢ products meet or exceed a wide range of electric utility industry standards (such as IEC61850, IEEE1613); provide a high level of immunity to electromagnetic interference and heavy electrical surges; feature a wide operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C (no fans); have high mean-time-between-failures (MTBFs) and reliability characteristics; and include extensive cyber security features.

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About RuggedCom Inc.

RuggedCom is a leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments. RuggedCom's technology solutions include Ethernet switches, network routers, wireless devices, serial servers, media converters, software and professional services. RuggedCom's products are designed for use in harsh environments such as those found in electrical power substations and “Smart Grids”, intelligent transportation systems, industrial process control and military applications. For further information, please visit


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RuggedCom Inc.

Phone: 905-856-5288

Toll Free: 888-264-0006

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