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US metering company Elster Solutions has enhanced the interoperability and interchangeability of the its REX Universal smart meter line in a bid to target rural and remote residential utility households.

Using point-to-point cellular communications technology, the new version can operate on cellular as well as mesh AMI networks, giving the meter unit the capability to support smart grid systems from different vendors, such as Verizon (CDMA) and AT&T (GSM) cellular networks.

Elster interoperable smart meter

Plans are in place to expand support via Elster‘s open communications architecture for a growing list of third-party communications technologies.

Mark Fronmuller, president of Elster Solutions, said: “There are multiple benefits of the REXUniversal meter. It is a big step toward our goal of giving our customers new opportunities to save time and money via networks that interoperate as a single, integrated AMI.

“Our vision is a world where utilities have the ultimate in flexibility, security and cost savings through the ability to switch between mesh, cellular and multiple head ends as their needs, budgets and smart grid plans evolve.”

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