A SecureMesh Bridge integrates an access point for the SecureMesh NAN with a SecureMesh WAN node. Through a Bridge product, backhaul for a SecureMesh NAN access point is directly supported by the SecureMesh WAN. While the NAN functionality of a Bridge supports the control of a NAN subnetwork of meters and in-building devices, the aggregation of data from those devices, and time synchronization for the NAN subnetwork, the WAN functionality provides high-bandwidth backhaul as well as an Ethernet drop for whatever Smart Distribution devices may be present at the Bridge’s installation site.
As a result of a Bridge’s integrated WAN and NAN functionality, the two network tiers can be easily overlaid, thereby simplifying network planning and reducing network costs; installation and maintenance are simplified; the UnitySuite Network Management System provides a unified view of the complete network, simplifying network operations and troubleshooting; and a holistic approach to WAN/NAN security is provided.
Two Bridge products are supported:
Trilliant’s Bridge products thus combine the SecureMesh WAN, a low-latency, high-bandwidth wireless mesh network, with the SecureMesh NAN, a utility-focused wireless mesh network. Both network tiers employ wireless mesh routing to provide deployment flexibility and intrinsic communications reliability.
Each of these standards-based network tiers independently yields significant advantages. The SecureMesh WAN, for example, provides:
The SecureMesh NAN, by contrast, offers:
As a total solution, the integrated multi-tier SecureMesh Communications Network as embodied by the Bridge products provides exceptional flexibility in terms of the broad range of utility applications it can cost-effectively deliver today, the ways in which it can be deployed, its reliability, its scalability, its manageability, and its capacity to adapt to future utility requirements.