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1 © 2009 Redline Communications Inc. Use of WiMAX To Enable Intelligent Grid Networks Kevin F. R. Suitor VP, Corporate Marketing Redline Communications Inc. Telephone: (905)
2 © 2009 Redline Communications Inc. Legal Disclaimer This documentation is a presentation of general background information about Redline Communications Group Inc.’s (“Redline”) business and activities current as of the date of this presentation, unless otherwise indicated. It is information in a summary form and does not purport to be complete. Certain statements in this presentation may contain words such as "could", "expects", "may", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "targets", "envisions", "seeks" and other similar language which may constitute forward-looking statements or information under applicable securities legislation. These statements are based on Redline’s current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the operating environment, economies and markets in which Redline operates. These statements are subject to important assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict and the actual outcome may be materially different. Further, actual results or events could differ materially from those contemplated in forward-looking statements as a result of the following (i) risks and uncertainties relating to Redline’s business including: significant competition, competitive pricing practice, cautious capital spending by customers, industry consolidation, rapidly changing technologies, evolving industry standards, frequent new product introductions and short product life cycles, and other trends and industry characteristics affecting the telecommunications industry; any material adverse affects on Redline’s performance if its expectations regarding market demand for particular products prove to be wrong; any negative developments associated with Redline’s suppliers and contract manufacturing agreements including our reliance on certain suppliers for key components; potential penalties, damages or cancelled customer contracts from failure to meet delivery and installation deadlines and any defects or errors in Redline’s current or planned products; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; potential higher operational and financial risks associated with Redline’s efforts to expand internationally; a failure to protect Redline’s intellectual property rights, or any adverse judgments or settlements arising out of disputes regarding intellectual property; changes in regulation of the wireless industry or other aspects of the industry; any failure to successfully operate or integrate strategic acquisitions, or failure to consummate or succeed with strategic alliances; Redline’s potential inability to attract or retain the personnel necessary to achieve its business objectives or to maintain an effective risk management strategy; (ii) risks and uncertainties relating to Redline’s liquidity, financing arrangements and capital including: any inability of Redline to manage cash flow fluctuations to fund working capital requirements or achieve its business objectives in a timely manner or obtain additional sources of funding; or any negative impact on Redline’s ability to make future acquisitions, raise capital, issue debt and retain employees arising from stock price volatility and any declines in the market price of Redline’s publicly traded securities. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Redline disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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5 © 2009 Redline Communications Inc. Redline’s Vision, Mission and Strategy Drive Smart Grid Revolution through Broadband Wireless Access Technologies – WiMAX & Proprietary Become the BWA vendor of choice for Smart Grid Build partnerships to provide end-to-end solution Develop application specific technology solutions leveraging COTS for ‘best-in-class’ BWA solutions for Smart Grid Deliver ‘best-in-class’ end-to-end solutions with our integration partners Vision Mission Strategy
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9 © 2009 Redline Communications Inc. “The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.” Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977 US computer engineer & industrialist
10 © 2009 Redline Communications Inc. The Power Grid (The Simplistic View) Generation Transmission Sub-Station Distribution (Step Down) Sub-Station Residential High Voltage Lines Medium & Low Voltage Lines
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12 © 2009 Redline Communications Inc. Last Mile Options for Smart Grid Meter Collection Point Commercial Services Wi-Fi Mesh WiMAX PTP Backhaul Utility Control Center Carrier Central Office Broadband Connection Commercial Wireless Smart Meters and AggregationBackhaul & TransportControl & Management
13 © 2009 Redline Communications Inc. Network Options for Smart Grid Last Mile Wireless OptionApplicationProCon RF Mesh: Bit rate up to 1 Mbps, variable range, variable frequency Smart meters, distribution automation Able to be customized for specific deployments, self- organizing, self-healing Proprietary, lack economies of scale, equipment can be expensive Cellular: Bit rate at kbps, 1-2 mile typical range, frequency 700 MHz to 2.1 GHz Smart meters (AMI), mobile work force management Able to leverage existing networks, low upfront capital investment, short time-to- market, low module cost Recurring cost per megabyte, lack of direct utility control over network Broadband Over Power Lines (BPL): Bit rate at 256 kbps to 10 Mbps, variable range, frequency at 1.6 to 80 MHz electric carrier Substations, smart meters, monitoring/ control at customer premise, distribution automation Robust capabilities, integrated communications throughout grid and home area network environments, low recurring costs High capital costs, expensive chips and equipment, not widely adopted WiMAX: Bit rate up to 3 Mbps per MHz, range of 1-2 miles, frequency 1.8 GHz, GHz Smart meters, mobile work force management, distribution automation High bandwidth capabilities, low latency Not widely deployed, not yet proven for smart grid deployments, high equipment cost Metro Wi-Fi: Bit rate 1-5 Mbps, typical range up to ½ mile, frequency between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Smart meters, mobile work force management, distribution automation Low-cost equipment, mesh topology is well-suited for smart grid needs, low latency Not widely deployed, not yet proven for smart grid deployments Source: Pike Research analyst Clint Wheelock Customer Need Customer Weighting WiMAX Wi-Fi Mesh Proprietary RF Mesh BPL Commercial Services Performance Supplier Choice Reliability Reusability Compatibility Features System Options Usability Security Price Total Weighted Score
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20 © 2009 Redline Communications Inc. Using WiMAX to Connect the Smart Grid Residential customers AMR (Automatic Meter ) / AMI (Automatic Meter Infrastructure) Real-time time-of- day pricing using Demand-Side Management (DSM) Home displays In-home energy conservation management Smart appliances Fault and outage detection and management Solar panels management Optional add-ons: Home security Broadband services Business customers AMR/AMI, industrial metering Remote surveillance and monitoring Remote load shifting Real-time time-of- day pricing using DSM Fault and outage detection and management Generation and distribution Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) Distributed Control Systems (DCS) Fault and outage detection and management Remote surveillance and monitoring Asset tracking Remote control Energy Management Systems (EMSs) with grid optimization applications (self- healing, self- restoration) Mobile assets and remote workforce Fleet telematics and Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL), with Location-Based Services (LBS) supported by Global Positioning System (GPS) Broadband connectivity to in- vehicle modules, laptops, and handheld devices to support and monitor the remote workforce. Applications include mobile dispatching, reporting, remote video or VoIP consultations, data sharing within the utility’s Virtual Private Network (VPN), and Geographic Information System (GIS) applications Emergencies Broadband connectivity to affected area during disaster recovery or in response to faults. Cell On Wheels (COW) connects staff, vehicles, and, in some cases, selected customers Coordination of emergency response, data sharing, remote consultation with off- site staff, and communication and coordination with safety agencies
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22 © 2009 Redline Communications Inc. What Has Redline Changed In COTS To Meet The Utility Market Needs? 1.A Smart Grid network is fundamentally different than a Service Provider access network in that the bulk of traffic flows primarily from the edge of the network to the core of the network. Service provider networks are built with a “downlink bias” where the majority of traffic flows from the core to the edge. In a Smart Grid, the traffic is ‘uplink biased’ with a large number of distributed Smart Meters, IEDs, Video Cameras etc delivering information from the sensors and machines at the edge of the network up to data centers in the core of the network. Redline’s design engineers have modified the core signal processing in both the base station and CPE to allow the uplink / downlink ratio bias desired by each utility’s network design architect. 2.Power Engineers have a requirement for sub-cycle latency in the two-way communications network. Typical multipoint wireless broadband systems whether RF/WiFi mesh or cellular based have one way latency in the 35 – 150 millisecond range. Redline’s engineers have modified the core signal processing within the base station and CPE terminals to reduce the one-way latency to under 20 milliseconds as required by the utility. 3.Long range connections are required for both smart meter collection and Teleprotection. RedMAX 4C can be used effectively for backhauling rural smart meter and sub-station connections, enabling a more cost-effective deployment. Redline’s products have the ability to support a longer range of up to 25 km versus the 9 – 10 km supported by the WiMAX Forum profile enabled by modifications to the e-2005 MAC in the BTS & CPE. 4.Smart Grid networks use IEC based protocols that are not necessarily IP based, layer 2 Ethernet transport is required. Capability of forwarding the traffic at layer 2 rather than sending information to a centralized ASN-GW may also contribute to the reduction in end-to-end latency. 5.RedMAX 4C Remote Radio Head (RRH) implements Digital Pre-Distortion (DPD). Advanced RF capability allows higher output power with reduced power consumption with the added benefit of reducing both adjacent and alternate channel interference enabling better spectrum utilization and tighter frequency reuse.
23 © 2009 Redline Communications Inc. What Are The Unique Attributes Of A Redline Solution? Redline provides highly differentiated product families for the utility market: RedMAX and RedCONNEX/RedACCESS AN-80i with RMS Element Management. Each product set is optimized for a particular band class and the application set and use cases that characterize this band class. RedMAX EX-200 is Redline’s e-2005 based product selected by Hydro One for use in its Smart Zone living lab. Redline’s product set has been optimized for use by utility customers based upon the market requirements for both transmission and distribution applications. 1.8 GHz 2.5 GHz 3.3 – 3.8 GHz 3.65 GHz 4.9 GHz 5.4 GHz 5.8 GHz OFDM / OFDMA MIMO Both IP & Ethernet Architecture Wide Channel Bandwidth Spectrum Options
24 © 2009 Redline Communications Inc. Sample Utility Market Customers using Redline’s Broadband Wireless Platforms Yunnan Provincial Power Group Corporation
25 © 2009 Redline Communications Inc. The Ideal Broadband Wireless Platform For Utilities Redline has core technology DNA and proven platform implementations of this DNA – AN-80i, RedMAX, RedMAX 4C Engineering team capable of development versus integration Proven expertise in Broadband Wireless with utility reference customers in both emerging and developed markets
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