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Alcatel-Lucent and Trilliant deploy IP utility network to strengthen safety and improve responsiveness for Washington Gas

Collaboration between Alcatel-Lucent and Trilliant will create greater operational efficiencies for gas customers in the United States and internationally via IP-based networking technology

 UTC Telecom 2015, Atlanta, Georgia, May 5, 2015 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Trilliant, a global leader in smart communications platforms, are to deploy an IP-based data network for the Washington Gas Light Company that will increase the efficiency and safety of gas distribution, and help strengthen service responsiveness for 1.1 million customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia in the United States.

With the new network Washington Gas can use real-time remote monitoring to manage the natural gas distribution from any of its eleven operations centers, making it easier to respond to gas leaks and other pipeline problems quickly.

The network is ultimately intended to automate more capabilities of the distribution network, making it smarter, more efficient and safer, helping improve service for Washington Gas customers.

Collaboration to enhance distribution

The Washington Gas network will utilize Alcatel-Lucent’s advanced IP/MPLS and 9500 Microwave Packet Radio communications technology already in use by Washington Gas and enhanced by Trilliant’s SecureMesh WAN (wide area network) broadband solutions, part of the Trilliant Smart Communications Platform. The resulting network will enable rapid communications from operations centers directly to distribution devices in the field.

This project leverages a recently established collaboration agreement between Alcatel-Lucent and Trilliant under which the companies are working together on sales, marketing and solution development to offer complete and robust smart energy solutions to other utility customers.

Trilliant has led the smart energy industry in the development and deployment of the robust Smart Communications Platform, which provides flexible and proven communication solutions that deliver benefits to their utility customers. Under the terms of the new collaboration, Alcatel-Lucent will resell and integrate components of the Trilliant Smart Communications Platform into its own solutions offerings.

Key Facts:

  • The smart energy solution deployed by Washington Gas lays the foundation for a smart distribution network that increases the utility’s efficiency, minimizing operational expenses while enhancing the reliability and safety for the more than 1.1 million customers in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia areas.
  • Washington Gas will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR-Hc), extending the 9500 Microwave Packet Radio network and upgrading the existing 5620 Service Aware Manager.
  • Trilliant’s SecureMesh WAN broadband will combine with the Alcatel-Lucent technology to extend communications from the Washington Gas’ operations centers to meters, cameras, and various other distribution control devices for real-time remote monitoring communications, including SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), video surveillance and advanced energy distribution applications support in the future.
  • The Washington Gas project represents the first production network deployment of the recently launched Alcatel-Lucent 7705 SAR-Hc which was specifically created for the utility market.
  • Alcatel-Lucent and Trilliant are teaming to collaborate on sales, marketing and solution development for complete, robust energy solutions. Under the terms of the new collaboration, Alcatel-Lucent will resell and integrate components of the Trilliant Smart Communications Platform into its own solutions offerings.


Orlando Spencer, Washington Gas Manager – WAN Operations, said: “Both Washington Gas and our customers will benefit from this project. This system helps us remotely monitor the status of our distribution networks more proactively and allows us to achieve operational efficiencies improving our ability to serve our customers with safe and reliable natural gas service.”

Mike Mortimer, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Trilliant, said: “The collaboration of Alcatel-Lucent’s experience in smart networking plus Trilliant’s expertise in Smart Energy communications will enable us to deliver the benefits of smart energy distribution to Washington Gas and other utility customers.”

Danny Rollins, Vice President of National Accounts Sales for Alcatel-Lucent, said: “By making Trilliant’s solutions an integral part of Alcatel Lucent’s smart communications offerings for utilities, we are able to offer customers such as Washington Gas the best communications foundation enabling smart distribution applications and much smarter energy management overall.”

To learn more, please visit Alcatel-Lucent’s booth #501 or Trilliant’s booth #820 at the UTC Telecom & Technology 2015 conference, May 5-8, in Atlanta, Georgia.

About WGL

WGL (NYSE-WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions.  With activities in 32 states and the District of Columbia, our operating units consist of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL Energy is an entity that delivers a full ecosystem of energy offerings including natural gas, electricity, green power, carbon reduction, distributed generation and energy efficiency provided by WGL Energy Services, Inc. (formerly Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.) and WGL Energy Systems, Inc. (formerly Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.). WGL provides options for natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy answers. Ask us. For more information, visit us at

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About Trilliant

Trilliant helps leading utilities and cities around the world achieve their “smart” visions through the Trilliant Smart Communications Platform, the only communications platform purpose-built for the industry that helps utilities and cities securely and reliably deploy any Smart Grid – AMI, DA and DSM, and Smart City applications, on one powerful network. Trilliant has worked with leading utilities and cities worldwide who collectively serve more than 85 million customers. The Trilliant Platform helps utilities and cities enhance energy efficiency, improve reliability, lower operating costs, integrate renewable energy resources and electric vehicles, empower consumers, and enhance public safety. For more information, visit


About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)Alcatel-Lucent is the leading IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud technology specialist. We are dedicated to making global communications more innovative, sustainable and accessible for people, businesses and governments worldwide. Our mission is to invent and deliver trusted networks to help our customers unleash their value. Every success has its network.


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