Canada’s FortisBC Energy plans rollout of 1 million smart gas meters

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Canadian-based utility FortisBC Energy is planning to upgrade its metering infrastructure as part of the company’s digital transformation and grid modernisation programmes.

The energy provider to over 1 million gas customers in 135 Canadian communities will be partnering with technology company Sensus for the supply and deployment of an IoT network and smart gas meters in British Columbia.

Once the project secures regulatory approval, FortisBC Energy will install some 1 million Sonix IQ Ultrasonic smart gas meters for its residential customers and the FlexNet communication network to provide connectivity for the smart meters.

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The Advanced Gas Meters project will enable the utility to enhance the reliability of its grid network through improved monitoring and management. The project will also help improve the safety of consumers and workers through continuous health checks on pressure and temperature. FortisBC says the smart meters will help improve its revenue collection and customer services with the ability to enforce remote shutoffs and detect theft and meter tampering.

Colin Sabol, senior vice president and president, Xylem Measurement & Control Solutions, said: “FortisBC exemplifies an innovative utility widening its view of what’s possible from advanced metering technology.

“They’re making their system smarter, safer and more sustainable while empowering their customers to better understand and track energy usage.”

Sensus, which is owned by Xylem, will provide the utility with managed services and software-as-a-service solutions for a period of 20 years.