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TESSCO inks distribution deal with GE's Digital Energy Business

Iain Morris
April 29, 2014
TESSCO Technologies has become a channel partner and distributor for GE’s Digital Energy Business, according to an announcement from the two companies.

The deal will see TESSCO (Hunt Valley, MD, USA) begin to offer GE’s (Fairfield, CT, USA) new MDS Orbit Platform of industrial wireless routers, which are described as next-generation wireless communication solutions for integrating cellular, private, licensed and unlicensed networks in a common format.

TESSCO will also provide a deployment kit for the platform manufactured by Ventev – one of its subsidiaries – and including all of the necessary components for deploying, powering and protecting the GE technology.

The company says those solutions will give infrastructure operators the data connectivity they need to monitor and manage remote assets.

“TESSCO is excited about the opportunity to partner with a global leader such as GE’s Digital Energy business to offer some of the latest, most innovative M2M technologies that support the growing needs and demands of our customers’ critical communication infrastructures,” said Gerald Garland, the senior vice president of solutions development and product management at TESSCO.

GE says the Orbit Platform has been designed to improve the reliability and stability of operations for utility and industry customers.

Oil and gas companies, as well as organizations in the transportation and mining sectors, have also used the platform to expand communication networks using a variety of technologies.

“It connects equipment and field personnel to provide an accurate, real-time view of network operations and asset performance,” said Brian Boutte, the global channels and strategic partners leader in GE’s Digital Energy Business. “Through this agreement with TESSCO, we will be able to rapidly respond to and fulfill our customer needs, ensuring their network assets can operate at optimal efficiencies.”
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