New communications solutions for meters


Redwood City, CA, and Schaumburg, IL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 5, 2008 – Trilliant Inc. and Motorola Inc. have co-developed advanced meter communications solutions for iDEN public and private utility customers. The real-time solutions are designed to allow utility companies to better service customers and reduce expenses with flexible and scalable solutions that can be integrated with other technologies and applications to meet the evolving needs of the utilities market.

Motorola and Trilliant offer support for four energy meter brands, including the Elster A3 Alpha, GE kV2c+, Itron SENTINEL, and Landis+Gyr S4 families of meters. AMI solutions for these meters are available now and use Trilliant CellReader Communications on Motorola’s private Harmony and iDEN communications networks and on Sprint/Nextel public iDEN networks. The communications systems are also designed to support over-the-air switching between public Sprint/Nextel and Motorola Private Harmony systems.

Motorola’s Harmony system is a user-owned wireless voice communications network designed to provide mobile workforces with communication services. The digital private wireless systems range from large, multi-state utility networks to small, single-site private systems. The Trilliant CellReader meter communications modules with integrated iDEN communications provide utilities with an optimum solution for ensuring complete regional coverage while fully leveraging investments in private wireless networks. The same module can support both Motorola Private Harmony systems, as well as public Nextel networks. The latest CellReader offerings are the result of continued collaborations and joint development utilizing the latest iDEN technologies.

The Trilliant CellReader solution with Motorola iDEN-based communications provides remote interval and time-of-use data collection, including all necessary register, load profile and meter diagnostic data, using packet data transmission. It requires no external power supply and no batteries and provides secure, tamper-resistant operation. CellReader modules are factory integrated under glass of C&I class meters and provide for communications to legacy MV-90 systems or to the Trilliant SerViewCom Data Acquisition and Data Processing Platform.