Alliance benefits multi-service utilities


Neptune Technology Group Inc. and Landis+Gyr Inc. have announced an alliance to develop and market an AMR endpoint which combines Neptune’s R900 module with Landis+Gyr’s solid state residential FOCUS meter platform. The endpoint will be compatible with Neptune’s ARB Utility Management Systems’ mobile applications.

The R900 module for the FOCUS meter uses a high power RF transmission for better range, providing improved reading efficiency. It is fully compatible with Neptune’s handheld and mobile drive-by reading systems for electricity, water and gas utilities. In addition the R900 protocol allows the voltage information available in the FOCUS meter to be communicated via RF to the reading system, enabling utilities to monitor line voltage available at any point in the system where an R900-equipped FOCUS meter is installed.

Commercial availability is scheduled for Q1 2006. /