FreeWave Technologies' FGR2-PE wireless data radio has received a 2011 Smart Grid Excellence Award from SmartGrid.TMCnet.com.

FGR2-PE is a data radio designed for use in smart-grid applications including, distribution automation, AMI backhaul, distribution management, substation automation, load management, demand response, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and energy management. It offers both industrial serial and Ethernet wireless connectivity using license-free spread spectrum for data communication over long distances.

The FGR2-PE is compatible with other FreeWave FGR plus family radios and offers users a second, switched Ethernet port as well as two serial ports to meet the demands of customers' wireless automation requirements. The ports enable a transition from serial to Ethernet data communication without having to replace wireless communication hardware later on, or operate both serial and Ethernet communication independently and simultaneously on the same platform.