Partnership to deliver smart grid technologies for U.K. utilities


Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. and Winchester, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — December 2, 2009 – A partnership has been established between Sensus and U.K.-based communications infrastructure and services company Arqiva to implement a long range radio-based communications platform for U.K. utility companies.

Using the Sensus FlexNet™ and SmartPoint™ technologies for smart metering, telemetry, and control of the utility assets, Arqiva will deploy a communications platform as part of the U.K.’s rollout of smart meters to all homes and businesses.

“The blend of Sensus’ smart metering experience in the North American market and Arqiva’s experience with critical network infrastructure in the U.K. represents an exciting proposition for the U.K.’s smart metering initiative,” said Bill Yeates, executive vice president, Conservation Solutions at Sensus.

The Sensus FlexNet smart grid communications system and SmartPoint technologies are being used by 200 electric, water, and gas utility customers in North America that collectively, have already deployed more than four million smart meters.

“With the government’s commitment to put smart meters in all homes by 2020, we have the opportunity to make the U.K. one of the most advanced and efficient consumers of energy in the world.” said John Cronin, managing director of Arqiva Wireless Access. “For what will become a critical piece of national infrastructure, we must make sure that we set the bar high with the proposed central communications network. This means not only universal coverage but resilience, security, and availability, something that long range radio has proven it can deliver through the U.K.’s broadcast network,”.

The solution being developed by Arqiva, which is based on long range radio technology, will operate in available UHF spectrum. The multiple benefits offered by the communications platform include a dedicated, secure network based on proven technology and universal UK coverage with minimal infrastructure, as well as a simple and cost effective smart meter rollout. The solution also has high capacity and is scalable.

The partnership allows Arqiva to focus on the development of the long range radio-based solution for the single centralized national communications network as recommended by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in its smart metering consultation paper issued earlier this year. Arqiva will begin technology trials in December 2009.