AES Ohio selects Landis+Gyr for 500k smart meters and grid upgrade

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US utility AES Ohio has selected Landis+Gyr as its technology partner for a grid modernisation programme aimed at enhancing the efficiency of the electricity distribution network and customer services.

At the foundation of the advanced grid system, AES Ohio is building a utility IoT network and an advanced metering infrastructure solution. The utility will deploy 500,000 smart meters and Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream IoT cellular network for connectivity of the smart metering units, as well as other advanced and intelligent devices set to be installed as AES Ohio builds its grid of the future.

AES Ohio will utilise Landis+Gyr cloud services for system operating software, along with network management services and installation support. The utility IoT infrastructure being deployed enables the use of Landis+Gyr’s Revelo metering platform in the future as AES Ohio’s metering needs continue to evolve. Revelo provides high-resolution sensing and edge processing capabilities that extend beyond the grid edge. These features provide the utility with load disaggregation, anomaly detection and customer engagement tools that are only now being made available from a residential meter.

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Landis+Gyr will leverage its contract with telecommunications firm Vodafone Business IoT to optimise its IoT services including secure and fast connectivity for AES Ohio’s smart grid.

Vice President, US Smart Grid and Ohio T&D Operations Kathy Storm at AES Ohio, said: “AES Ohio is committed to personalizing our customer experience using transformative technologies. This project is a crucial component in the investments we continue to make in our distribution system and customer service to enhance resiliency and smart energy applications.”

Prasanna Venkatesan, Executive Vice President of the Americas region at Landis+Gyr, adds: “AES Ohio is laying the foundation for the future of grid management and we are excited for the opportunity to be a part of this project.

“The network options available with Gridstream Connect, along with cloud services and deployment expertise are a big part of ensuring this investment will provide value well into the future.”

The deal with AES Ohio follows Landis+Gyr previous contract for energy management services with the utility’s sister company AES Indiana