The NES advanced smart grid infrastructure consists of a family of highly integrated, advanced electronic electricity meters accessed via a Web services based network operating system over an IP networking infrastructure. The System provides utilities with a service-enabling platform that includes a wealth of information about the status, operation and health of the grid that enables them to reduce operating costs while increasing service quality and customer satisfaction.
Tmcnet Enhancements cover key hardware and software products across the NES System. The system includes NES CT Meter – Integral to the smart grid, the CT meters help utilities identify theft at the distribution transformer by monitoring the overall usage for comparison to individual metering sites on the transformer. It also provides the ability to measure electricity at residences and commercial sites using higher currents than serviced by direct-connected meters. The new generation IEC (News – Alert) CT meter has an optional expansion port.
Also, the new NES smart meter firmware is believed to enable meters to provide load profiling for heat meters, water meters, and gas meters connected to NES meters. Added to this, the NES System Software is said to provide a web services based network operating system for the smart grid. Enhancements to the system software include those for increased overall performance and reliability, more efficient messaging for higher scalability to support millions of meters with daily data collection.
“The new products and updates across the entire NES product line enable utilities to evolve their existing NES system-based smart networks to become extensive energy networks,” Michael Anderson (News – Alert), senior vice president of NES sales and market development at Echelon said.