Product line expansion for distribution automation networks


Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 17, 2008 – Landis+Gyr has commercially released the UtiliNet Series 3000 IP Radio for its advanced RF mesh network. This expansion of the existing UtiliNet product line enhances deployment flexibility and network communication backhaul options for utility distribution automation networks.

The Series 3000 IP Radio uses an integrated TCP/IP port that eliminates the need for a separate IP terminal server for accessing the utility’s local area network. This feature improves the cost efficiency and flexibility of deployment by enabling more placement options within the distribution system. Additionally, the TCP/IP port connection provides up to four dedicated virtual connections for communicating to multiple monitoring systems at the same time.

“The Series 3000 IP maintains our commitment to introducing advanced features, while maintaining backward compatibility with existing network components,” said Derek Booth, Product Line General Manager at Landis+Gyr’s Energy Management Solutions division. “At the same time, these features further support our smart grid strategy for seamless deployment of integrated distribution automation and AMI solutions through a single advanced mesh network.”

This latest addition to the UtiliNet product line operates within Landis+Gyr’s two-way asynchronous RF mesh network combining AMI, DA, SCADA and multi-utility meter operation functions into one smart grid network platform. Currently, more than 200 utilities worldwide have deployed this network.

Along with the Series 3000 IP radio, Landis+Gyr simultaneously released RadioShop 4.0. This newest version of the UtiliNet radio communication and programming tool includes updated features, enhancements to the user interface, and compatibility with Microsoft’s MapPoint® software that allows users to graphically see the field location of their devices.

Landis+Gyr, Energy Management Solutions, is the advanced metering and smart grid division within the global Landis+Gyr group. Based in Atlanta, and formerly operating as Cellnet+Hunt, the Energy Management Solutions division provides advanced metering, personal energy management and distribution automation technologies to more than 500 electric, gas and water utilities worldwide.