Unison Networks to roll out smart grid


Kevin Atkinson,
Unison Networks
Hastings, New Zealand — (METERING.COM) — September 15, 2010  – New Zealand network company Unison Networks announced recently that it is to deploy a smart grid across its three regions Hawke’s Bay, Taupo and Rotorua – three of the North Island’s most popular regional tourist destinations.

At the time of the announcement, the company said it expected its customers to be among the first in New Zealand to realize smart grid benefits.

In a statement Unison chairman Kevin Atkinson said the company had started laying the foundation for the smart grid in 2009, with significant investment in fiber infrastructure in the three regions.

“Ultra-fast broadband is an enabler of economic growth and through leveraging the smart grid investment we are helping lead these regions forward in terms of technology, communications, innovation and performance,” Atkinson said.

The overall objective of the smart grid program is to provide a cost effective approach to providing customers with greater network quality and performance. The program includes the deployment of smart meters along with other initiatives, to actively enable customers to gain greater information that in turn gives them the ability to have more control and make better choices in managing their energy usage.

Unison has recently implemented the first stage of a state-of-the-art self-healing network, combining U.S. smart grid developer DC Systems’ RTASR™ auto-sectionalizing and restoration ( ASR) solution, advanced distribution automation, and Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream radio communication network.