Electric utilities in the US and Canada will have more options for delivering accurate, reliable and quality service to their customers, says a release by Sensus. This is due to the collaboration between Sensus and GE Digital Energy to integrate Sensus FlexNet communication technology into GE's existing I-210+c electric meter.
The FlexNet long-range radio network “provides a scalable and reliable communications infrastructure that enables smart cities. The range of the point-to-multi-point network reduces the number of access points required to capture and transmit data.”
The communication network can support multiple applications that increase operational efficiency and customer engagement.
This collaboration is an extension of existing work being done with GE in the commercial and industrial metering sector.
“Creating and sustaining two-way dialogue between end-users and electricity providers is critical,” said Ed Myszka, general manager, meters, GE Digital Energy.
“This helps electric utilities meet energy demands and quickly identify and restore power outages while allowing their end-users to realize the benefits of the modern grid.”
The new smart meter will be available with and without remote disconnect, and is expeted to meet Underwriters Laboratory (UL) 2735 at the time of initial product availability and Measurement Canada certification within three months of availability. It is claimed that GE’s residential smart meters were the first in the industry to achieve the UL-safety certification in 2014.
“The UL-certified smart meters offer utilities an added level of confidence surrounding the safety and functionality of their metering systems,” added Myszka.
An initial launch of the GE I-210+c FlexNet-enabled smart meter is expected in July with general availability in the second half of 2015.