Sixnet Achieves KEMA Approval for Power and Energy Environments

KEMA approval enables further deployment of Sixnet products in power substations and Smart Grid projects worldwide

Jan 20, 2010, 08:27 ET from Sixnet

BALLSTON LAKE, N.Y., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Sixnet, a global market leader of machine-to-machine (M2M) networking solutions for industrial and wireless markets, today announced it has achieved KEMA approval for its EL228 industrial Ethernet switch platform. Sixnet recently completed the testing process at KEMA's testing laboratory in the Netherlands.

KEMA is a globally-recognized leader in testing and certification for the power and energy industry. The organization tests products to meet stringent environmental and redundancy standards specific to the power and energy industry, including IEC61850 and IEEE1613.

KEMA approval enables Sixnet to further deploy its rugged, industrial-grade connectivity solutions in power substations for grid modernization and Smart Grid projects throughout the world. The EL228 is the only product in its class to combine the reliability, redundancy and ruggedness required for demanding industrial environments with enterprise-class networking capabilities.

"Achieving KEMA approval is a testament to the rugged characteristics and intelligent, enterprise-class features of our industrial switching products," said Hilton Nicholson, president and CEO of Sixnet. "Sixnet has a long history working with power and energy customers, and KEMA approval validates that our products are designed and built to meet the demanding requirements of this industry."

The EL228 is a 28 port (24 Fast Ethernet + 4G) industrial Ethernet managed switch that provides customers with flexible copper and fiber connectivity, LEDs, power/ground connections, console ports and bracket positions on both the front and back of the switch. Its rugged design makes the EL228 ideal for extreme environmental conditions, while providing a variety of enterprise-class features including:

  • Advanced cyber-security - Protects against unauthorized access
  • Fast redundancy - Keeps networks running even under fault conditions
  • Real-time message delivery - Ensures important data arrives on time
  • Enhanced multicasting - Optimizes network bandwidth
  • Powerful management and monitoring - Enables easy deployment and troubleshooting

For more information on the EL228 or Sixnet solutions for the power and energy industry, visit, call +1 518 877 5173 or email

About Sixnet

Founded in 1976, Sixnet is a privately held company that provides innovative market-leading machine-to-machine (M2M) data communications solutions. Sixnet's worldwide customers benefit from its unique ability to integrate cellular modems, industrial automation products, and data connectivity products into rugged, reliable, and cost effective solutions. Sixnet's innovative products expand the capabilities of open connectivity, industrial Ethernet, M2M communications, industrial automation, cellular data connectivity, and private label OEM solutions. Additionally, through its 2007 acquisition of BlueTree Wireless Data Inc., and 2009 acquisition of JBM Electronics, Sixnet offers the broadest range of industrial and commercial wireless networking solutions available in the market today. The Sixnet name is synonymous with quality and reliability around the world. Sixnet has partnered with Riverside Partners LLC and American Capital Ltd. For more information on Sixnet's suite of connectivity, automation and wireless products, please visit

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