Symmetricom Expands SyncWorld Ecosystem Program to Power Utilities

      Symmetricom Expands SyncWorld Ecosystem Program to Power Utilities

Belden, Burns & McDonnell, Cisco, Kyland, Moxa, and Siemens/RuggedCom join
power ecosystem designed to promote interoperability and support Smart Grid
modernization

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 24, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Symmetricom^®, Inc. (NASDAQ:
SYMM), a worldwide leader in precision time and frequency technologies, today
introduced a new category to its SyncWorld^® Ecosystem Program dedicated to
the power utility industry. Developed to support integration and
interoperability among power utility and Symmetricom solutions, the SyncWorld
Power Ecosystem aims to facilitate unified deployments of timing and
synchronization in substation modernization and synchrophasor applications.

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As power utilities shift to the Smart Grid, they gain the ability to monitor
in real time, allowing for proactive operations control. Thus, advanced
synchronization and timing are now more critical than ever, enabling power
equipment to operate more efficiently and closer to its operational limits.
For example, one microsecond accuracy is required by the phasor measurement
unit (PMU) for real-time network situational awareness and overall operational
efficiency. Without accurate time stamps, PMU data has limited value. For
power utility companies, that translates into enhanced network utilization
rates as well as smarter management and mixing of renewable and traditional
power sources.

"Over the last few years, we have seen an increasing need and value for
precise timing and synchronization in power grid infrastructures," said
Charles Newton, president, Newton-Evans Research Company. "These functions
play a key role in helping power utility companies enhance network utilization
rates and improve management and mixing of renewables and traditional power
sources."

Ecosystem vendors in the Power segment represent all major components required
in substation and synchrophasor applications, including switch vendors and
intelligent electronic device (IED)/ PMU vendors. In order to participate,
vendors must work with Symmetricom to develop a joint solution, complete
successful solution testing and commit to ongoing technical and business
activities to ensure joint success.

Interoperability is a key requirement to join the SyncWorld Power Ecosystem
Program. Using various test cases with a defined standard for testing,
Symmetricom focuses its assessment on the performance of a product's IEEE 1588
power profile. During testing, Symmetricom clocks act as the master clocks,
switches act as transparent clocks, and IED/PMU products act as slave clocks.

"With the introduction of the SyncWorld Power segment, we will drive
collaboration and innovation among the industry's leading power utility
vendors," said Manish Gupta, vice president of marketing at Symmetricom.
"Whether it's comprehensive, integrated and simplified solutions for power
utility customers, or extended sales and marketing reach for vendors, the
SyncWorld Ecosystem Program offers benefits for all participants in the power
industry."

The SyncWorld power segment launch compliments Symmetricom's expanding
portfolio of solutions for the power utility market. Earlier this year
Symmetricom introduced the SyncServer SGC-1500 Smart Grid Clock to provide
power utility companies accurate, secure and reliable timing and
synchronization for their mission-critical operations. This means companies
like Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will be able to mitigate outages with
real-time monitoring for grid stress, frequency instability, voltage
instability and reliability margins.

Symmetricom is committed to partnering with trusted end-to-end technology
providers. To learn more about the SyncWorld Ecosystem Program, visit:
www.symmetricom.com/syncworld.

Additional Resources

  oVideo: Symmetricom SyncServer SGC-1500 Smart Grid Clock
  oWhite Paper: "Profile for the Use of the Precision Time Protocol in Power
    Systems"

About Symmetricom, Inc.
Symmetricom (NASDAQ:SYMM), a world leader in precise time solutions, sets the
world's standard for time. The company generates, distributes and applies
precise time for the communications, aerospace/defense, IT infrastructure,
power and metrology industries. Symmetricom's customers, from communications
service providers and network equipment manufacturers to governments and their
suppliers worldwide, are able to build more reliable networks and systems by
using the company's advanced timing technologies, atomic clocks, services and
solutions. All products support today's precise timing standards, including
GPS-based timing, IEEE 1588 (PTP), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Synchronous
Ethernet and DOCSIS^® timing. Symmetricom is based in San Jose, Calif., with
offices worldwide. For more information, visit: http://www.symmetricom.com or
join the dialogue at http://www.twitter.com/symmetricom.

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Symmetricom Contact:
Tracy Schriver
Symmetricom, Inc.
t: 408-964-7649
tschriver@symmetricom.com

Media Contact:
Liam Rose
GolinHarris for Symmetricom
t: 415-318-4380
lrose@golinharris.com 

Supporting Quotes:

Belden Inc.
"Increasing automation is likely to require synchronization at a rate in the
tens of nanoseconds. It is incumbent upon equipment suppliers such as Belden
and Symmetricom to develop, market and support the standards-based hardware
and software required to maintain that level of precision. With Belden's
membership in the Symmetricom SyncWorld Ecosystem Program, our power
transmission and distribution customers are assured that GarrettCom's robust
substation-hardened switches and Symmetricom's Grandmaster timing clock will
interoperate seamlessly. Together we offer our customers the best tools to
access, monitor and maximize the performance of their grids," said Carey
Trost, Belden Director of Product Line Management.

Cisco Systems, Inc.
"Symmetricom is a member of the Cisco Developer Network (CDN) where we have
been working together to ensure that our respective products are tested and
certified for interoperability. We utilize Symmetricom's Power Profile
products in our development and solutions labs. We look forward to continuing
this collaboration to the benefit of our customers," said Malay Thaker,
Product Manager, Connected Energy CDN Program, Cisco.

MOXA
"By demonstrating IEEE 1588 solution compatibility, Moxa customers are ensured
of a reliable and easy-to-configure connection that will maintain service
continuity around the clock using the winning combination of the PT-7728-PTP
and SGC-1500, " said Jim Toepper, Product Marketing Manager for Moxa.

Siemens/Ruggedcom
"Symmetricom's SyncWorld Ecosystem Program is an impressive combination of
tested timing products. The company is a global leader in time synchronization
technology and the RSG2288 is a strong addition to the program," said Jim
Slinowsky, VP Product Management, RUGGEDCOM product portfolio.

SOURCE Symmetricom, Inc.

Website: http://www.symmetricom.com