Raleigh, NC and Lafayette, IN, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 10, 2008 – Elster Integrated Solutions, part of Elster Group, a provider of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), integrated metering, and utilization solutions to the gas, electricity and water industries, has entered into a collaborative initiative with Landis+Gyr Inc. to provide interoperable AMI solutions for greater customer choice.
The alliance will allow the two companies to develop an AMI endpoint that combines Elster’s EnergyAxis® System mesh radio frequency technology with Landis+Gyr’s solid-state, residential FOCUS meter platform. Once completed, the endpoint will offer utilities using the EnergyAxis System a choice when considering metering options. Already in development, the EnergyAxis-enabled FOCUS endpoint is expected to be commercially available in the second half of this year.
With this combined AMI solution, utility customers benefit by having true two-way communications, interoperability, choice of endpoints and the ability to extend their existing enterprise networks to a smart grid network.
"We are very happy to be working with a trusted metering company like Landis+Gyr to deliver choice to utility customers,” said Victor Sitton, vice president, product marketing for Elster. “True system interoperability requires cooperation and coordination between premiere AMI solution providers like Elster and trusted device endpoint vendors. Elster is pleased to be leading the AMI industry and to provide interoperable AMI solutions with customer choice for electric, gas and water meter endpoints.”
“This exciting alliance with Elster enables us to deliver FOCUS meter endpoints in the EnergyAxis System allowing utilities the benefit of Elster’s AMI technology,” said Steve Schamber, director of product management for Landis+Gyr. “The single circuit board design of Landis+Gyr’s FOCUS meter is well suited for AMI applications like Elster’s and facilitates an easy and inexpensive retrofit, increased reliability and better overall endpoint performance. This is a winning combination.”