Grid delivers wireless metering network applications


Redwood Shores, CA, and Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 1, 2008 – Oracle has announced that advanced metering and energy efficiency company Cellnet+Hunt has deployed an Oracle® Grid to support utility companies across North America. Built using Oracle Database 10g Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Automatic Storage Management and Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g, Cellnet+Hunt’s Grid offers the performance, scalability, business continuity, and the flexibility required to deliver its wireless metering network applications and services.

Cellnet+Hunt offers a broad range of advanced metering and infrastructure communications systems to electric, gas and water utilities in North America. Cellnet+Hunt and Oracle have also teamed to provide utility clients with an end-to-end solution for advanced metering, which includes Oracle Utilities applications.

With more than 18 million advanced metering endpoints installed or under contract for over 500 utilities, Cellnet+Hunt is a market leader in advanced metering and energy efficiency systems for utility companies. The company expects a rapid increase in the data quantities it handles due to the new two-way metering technology it has introduced, and requires a flexible, scalable and robust IT architecture to manage the growing data volume out of its national network operations center.

Cellnet+Hunt’s four node grid of dual-core Sun Fire V890 servers running the Solaris Operating System powers a dozen customer databases, enabling the reliable delivery of meter reads to its customers on a real-time basis. With its grid environment, Cellnet+Hunt provides high levels of application availability to help meet its customer service level agreements, offers increased redundancy and delivers immediate access to key utility usage metrics such as off-cycle reads, usage monitoring, dynamic pricing, tamper alerts, outage and restoration notification. As data volumes grow, Cellnet+Hunt will be able to scale its grid with the addition of nodes to meet business requirements.

"On an hourly and daily basis we are capturing, processing and delivering huge amounts of data to be packaged and delivered to our customers," said Letha McLaren, Services General Manager, Cellnet+Hunt. "As we move forward, we will need the ability to collect and process even more data. For example, expected quantities are over ten times as much data as collected today, and with the ability to bring back entire meter tables, there is even more. Multiply that by 13.5 million meter end points — well, that’s a lot of data. We needed a fast, robust and flexible architecture that can support future growth and Oracle Grid provides it."