Costa Rican utility awards advanced meter contract


Elster Electricity, LLC announces that La Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz S.A. (CNFL), the largest distributor of electricity in Central America, has installed its EnergyAxis® System with intelligent two-way communications. The EnergyAxis System is an advanced metering automation system utilising a 900 Mhz network with Elster’s single phase electronic REX® meters and A3 ALPHA® meter collectors. CNFL’s initial deployment includes system meters installed in single-family residences throughout San Jose, Costa Rica in Central America. CNFL distributes electricity in the most densely populated area of the country – the central region of the Great Metropolitan Area.

CNFL selected the EnergyAxis System to improve tamper detection capabilities, to reduce the number of meter site visits for disconnecting and reconnecting service, and to offer customers flexible energy rate structures. Elster’s EnergyAxis Metering Automation Server (MAS) will allow CNFL to remotely configure time-of-use rates, initiate load profile data collection at the meter and retrieve information on outage counts, on-site voltage levels, tamper indications, and meter status and warning messages.

The EnergyAxis System’s 900 MHz two way radio frequency communications network uses intelligent, two way spread spectrum frequency-hopping technology with self-registration to provide secure, reliable communications between network meters and data collectors. This technology enables individual meters to act as repeaters, creating a dynamic communications path that optimizes signal strength and reliability. /