Grand Cayman utility deploys Sensus AMI solution with prepayment application


Sacha Tibbetts,
Manager Engineering
Services, CUC
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 22, 2012) – Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (CUC), the public electric utility which serves Grand Cayman, is building a new utility network infrastructure using the Sensus FlexNetTM advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for residential and commercial electricity customers.

CUC is implementing the wireless licensed spectrum FlexNet AMI system with two tower base stations to cover the 76 square mile island. CUC is installing Sensus iCon® A electric meters for residential applications and iCon® APX electric meters for commercial customers with roughly 28,000 endpoints by the project’s completion.

CUC will also deploy a prepay billing application. Third party vendor Exceleron will partner with Sensus to provide its Prepaid Account Management System (PAMS), a hosted service sharing a common MultiSpeak interface. PAMS will exchange data seamlessly with the FlexNet system and CUC’s customer information system (CIS).

A phased deployment has begun and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

“The Sensus FlexNet system offered the right features and capabilities to meet the requirements of our AMI business case,” said manager engineering services at CUC, Sacha Tibbetts.

Installation of the full AMI system in the Caribbean island territory is expected to be straightforward. As FCC licensed spectrum does not apply in the region, CUC has secured and integrated licensed 900 MHz frequencies from the Information Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) which governs spectrum for the Cayman Islands. The FlexNet system will be able to accommodate future applications for distribution automation and demand response.