PRECO, which began an extended pilot of FlexNet in May 2012, selected the licensed spectrum, point-to-multipoint technology to replace an existing power line carrier system. The co-op reports that the higher bandwidth and interval data from FlexNet facilitates future expansion, including the introduction of multiple applications such as distribution automation and load control for demand side programs.
PRECO vice president of technical services, Paul Roberts, says: “The Sensus system presents us with a reliable, full solution that helps establish the ability to accomplish our future energy initiatives. We’ve had excellent system performance thus far, with meter reading range as far as 16 miles.” Roberts also notes that the FlexNet system architecture fit well with PRECO’s existing infrastructure as its asset base already included towers for base station and antenna placement.
The FlexNet technology, which is based on open standards, integrated with a Milsoft outage management system to speed up restoration to PRECO’s dispersed customer base.
Sensus provides smart meters, communication systems, software, and services for the electric, gas, and water industries. Sensus reports that its technology “helps utilities drive operational efficiency and customer engagement with applications that include advanced meter reading, data acquisition, demand response, distribution automation, home area networking and outdoor lighting control.” For more information, visit www.sensus.com.