26 Sep 2006
Germantown, MD, Telkonet, Inc. (AMEX: TKO), the leader in providing powerline carrier (PLC) networking solutions using existing electrical wiring, today announced that it has partnered with Ameren Energy Communications and River City Internet Group to deliver broadband Internet access to multi-dwelling unit facilities (MDUs) in the Ameren utility companies' Missouri and Illinois service territories.
River City Internet Group (RCIG) will provide the Internet signal to the buildings, Internet backhaul service, business management software, account setup, network implementation, monitoring and maintenance, 24/7 technical support and customer care, hosting and e-mail services. Telkonet will deliver Internet access within the buildings, using its patented broadband over powerline (BPL) platform, which enables Internet and data access over a building's internal electrical wiring.
“In-building BPL enables owners of commercial and MDU facilities to finally make their buildings smart,” said Trey Goede, executive vice president, River City Internet Group. “The platform offers more immediate functionality than alternative solutions, at a fraction of the cost. Building owners and tenants alike share in the benefit of virtually limitless IP applications by having broadband Internet access available from any electrical outlet in the building.”
The in-building BPL platform, which can be installed within days, delivers broadband speeds of six megabits per second (Mbps), significantly faster than cable or phone lines. Users can access the Internet at any electrical outlet by simply plugging in a Telkonet iBridge unit into a PC and into an electrical outlet.
In addition to enabling high-speed Internet access, the in-building BPL platform provided by RCIG's Electrical Internet division can support many applications, such as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), energy management, security and surveillance systems, communications through wired LCD panels in lobbies and elevators, building system controls for centralized heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, digital signage, and wireless hot spots. Cindy Bambini, Engineer, Ameren Energy Delivery Products and Services stated; “Ameren continues to explore the best economical model for this technology which may bring added value to our customers.”