ABB invests in smart grid communications company Trilliant
The deal gives ABB a link to Trilliant's end-to-end system for smart grid communications. Trilliant provides utilities with wireless mesh networks that enable two-way communication from the head-end operations center to all devices on the grid – a solution that encompasses not only meters and in-home energy management devices, but also substations and grid equipment such as transformers and capacitor banks.
This investment by ABB builds on its existing cooperation with Trilliant, announced in September 2009, where the two companies successfully demonstrated the interoperability of Trilliant's SecureMesh communications network with ABB's station automation and protection products.
Trilliant's technology is complementary to ABB's smart grid portfolio, which was recently strengthened through its more than $1 billion acquisition of Ventyx, a software provider to global energy, utility, communications and other asset-intensive businesses. Trilliant's solutions provide network communications infrastructure that supports many of these applications.