Sensus and Ecologic Analytics partner to provide pre-integrated smart meter solutions


Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 25, 2011 – Sensus and meter data management system (MDMS) provider Ecologic Analytics are partnering to provide a pre-validated, pre-integrated communications solution for electricity customers using the Sensus FlexNetTM advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system.  

The solution is based on the IEC 61968 Part 9 interface, the interoperability standard to provide a CIM (common interface model) gateway for meter reading and control data to be exchanged between the Sensus radio network interface (RNI) head end system and the Ecologic MDMS application.

Using this standards-based approach to pre-integrate and test the systems is a fundamental principle for the strategic alliance between Sensus and Ecologic Analytics.

“Our goal is to get customers from installation to benefit realization as efficiently and predictably as possible,” said John Galloway, executive vice president for business development at Ecologic Analytics. “Using international industry standards within our products to establish open and reusable pre-integration is a key step in this process.”

The integration between systems includes the following functionality that is now available for electric meter data:

  • Daily register reads from RNI to MDMS
  • 15-minute and hourly interval data from RNI to MDMS
  • Remote connect/disconnect requests from MDMS to RNI
  • On-demand read requests from MDMS to RNI
  • Meter diagnostic data such as alerts, alarms and flags (e.g. tamper flags and others) from RNI to MDMS
  • On-demand power status check requests from MDMS to RNI
  • Peak demand data from RNI to MDMS

“The utility marketplace is increasing its requirements for fully integrated solutions that transform data into information and ultimately into intelligence,” added Sensus vice president of strategic alliances, Matt Zafuto. “Our clients also look for Sensus to enable this technology in an open-standards-based approach that facilitates interoperability with multiple applications.”

The two companies see the new partnership as a pathway to expand in large-scale deployments for multi-service utilities providing electric, water and gas. The pre-integrated Ecologic MDMS to RNI solution for electric meter data is now generally available with water and natural gas meter data becoming available in Q4 2011.