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Arcadian Partners with Horizon to Deliver 'Smart Grid' Strategies to Utilities

Arcadian Networks, Inc. has entered into a partnership with Horizon Energy Group to offer a complete suite of strategic business, engineering and technical services to their prospective and established client base.

With the passage of the 2005 Energy Policy Act, electric utilities have begun implementing "Smart Grid" modernization strategies, which focus on improving the reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid, the effectiveness of their business processes as well as improved service for their customers. A particular challenge to these industries is the need to monitor, command and control remote assets located in sparsely populated, rural areas, where the economics and logistics of providing continuous on-site support is impractical.

The "Smart Grid" initiatives innovate the traditional and widely accepted approaches to monitoring, commanding and controlling field assets through the application of IP-based, secure, wireless, broadband and private networking capabilities. In addition, the deployment of intelligent endpoint devices transforms the economics and logistics by "virtualizing" the processes over a network. Such virtualization enables field technicians, operation engineers and executives to perform real-time decision support and advanced monitoring and control of regulators, recloser, capacitor banks, bi-directional switches, billing meters, and other infrastructure devices that electric utilities rely on to service their customers.

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