Ed Drew, NRTC vice president of utility solutions, explains, “The Sensus FlexNet system is a proven, licensed wireless AMI technology and a wise investment for the future as it can support smart metering and smart grid applications like distribution automation with one network. Licensed wireless provides the range needed for our Electric Cooperative members, reaching meters at tens of miles rather than hundreds of feet as is the case for unlicensed mesh alternatives.”
The FlexNet system, a long-range radio AMI solution based on open standards, communicates over dedicated, primary-use, FCC-protected spectrum. The value for rural co-ops is that the system can more reliably communicate data over long distances and varied geographic terrain with minimal infrastructure requirements.
Drew adds: “NRTC has been a leader in offering our members a complete range of smart grid solutions, including AMI systems. By adding the Sensus FlexNet system to our portfolio, we can now meet member requests for a wireless AMI solution.”
Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative in Jasper, Indiana was the first NRTC member to select Sensus through the NRTC partnership, The co-op’s general manager, Don Book, says a long-range radio approach to AMI “allows us to best serve our service territory. We will now bring the benefits of the smart grid to our customers by automating meter reads, reducing truck rolls and receiving real-time notification of outages for faster service restoration.”
Sensus says the partnership reflects the company’s commitment to all smart grid market segments.
Kevin Beall, Sensus director of sales, adds: “The Sensus FlexNet system is quickly becoming the technology of choice for smart grid projects. We are already delivering proven smart grid solutions for rural electric co-ops, and the partnership with NRTC, a trusted provider, will help to continue building our momentum in this market.”
Founded in 1986, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) represents the advanced telecommunications and information technology interests of 1,500 rural utilities and affiliates in 48 American states.
Sensus provides solutions that enable intelligent use and conservation of critical energy and water resources. Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., Sensus serves customers throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more information, visit www.sensus.com.