Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 18, 2010 – The Town of Cary has selected Sensus as the technology provider for Aquastar, a program utilizing smart grid technologies for water management including advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) two-way communications and smart metering.
Cary is the first municipality in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park region to initiate widespread deployment of a fixed-base wireless meter reading system, a project that is estimated to have a benefit of $27.5 million over seventeen years.
Beginning in January, Cary will deploy nearly 60,000 smart meter endpoints communicating via the Sensus FlexNet™ AMI network, including commercial and industrial meters and residential meters from Sensus. The program will help Cary boost operational efficiency by automating water meter reads. In addition, the system will enable Cary to quickly detect and stop leaks, reduce carbon emissions by taking meter readers off of the road, and provide customers with information on water usage to promote conservation.
“Cary is progressive in addressing challenges like water conservation that serve the best interests of our customers,” said Karen Mills, finance director for the Town of Cary.
Cary also manages water services for Morrisville, N.C., home to Sensus’ engineering operations so meter readings for this Sensus location will be read using its own technology.
Cary, a community of approximately 140,000, will also provide a web-based reporting portal, to be introduced in later phases of the program, where customers can track their daily water usage and learn tips for water conservation.