Tropos Networks

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Tropos Networks
Industry Smart Grid, Wireless Networks
Fate acquired by ABB Group
Founded 2000
Headquarters Sunnyvale, California
United States
Key people
Tom Ayers, President and CEO
Narasimha Chari, Co-Founder and CTO
Products Wireless Mesh Routers, Wireless Network Management
Website [1]

Tropos Networks[1] is a wireless mesh networking company that provides hardware, embedded software and network management application software for building large scale wireless networks. These networks are used by utilities, municipalities, public safety agencies, mines and others that need to communicate with fixed and mobile assets, as well as mobile workers, in the field. The company was founded in 2000 by Narasimha Chari, Devabhaktuni "Sri" Srikrishna, Christian Dubiel and Jonathan Goldenstein. It is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. In June 2012, it was acquired by ABB Group.


Tropos has more than 850 customers in more than 50 countries around the world. The company's customer base is concentrated in the smart grid, municipal government, public safety and open pit mining vertical markets. Notable customers include Avista,[2]Glendale Water & Power, Duncan, Oklahoma,[3] and Lafayette Utilities System.

Investors and Corporate Governance[edit]

Tropos Networks is a privately held company. Venture investors include Benchmark Capital, Boston Millennia Partners, Cipio Partners, Duff Ackerman & Goodrich, Hanna Ventures, Integral Capital Partners and Voyager Capital. The Chairman of the Board of Directors is David Hanna of Hanna Ventures; board members include Curtis Feeny of Voyager Capital, Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital and Tom Ayers, president and CEO of Tropos Networks. Tropos Network has been acquired by ABB in June 2012.


Utilities deploying a smart grid use Tropos for building a regional-scale distribution area communications networks covering hundreds to thousands of square miles. Tropos provides high performance, highly reliable private IP broadband wireless networks that create a secure and scalable foundation upon which multiple smart grid applications including distribution automation, substation security, and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) can be deployed. [4]

Additionally, Tropos technology is employed by municipalities to improve efficiencies of a broad range of city services including Intelligent Transportation Systems, automated meter reading (AMR), public safety, and video surveillance.

Tropos has been awarded 40 patents.[5]


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