Fulton, Missouri, has selected Tantalus to provide the communications backbone for its planned Smart Grid, which is funded by a United States Department of Energy grant. The city received proposals from many leading smart meter providers but ultimately decided on Tantalus because of its ability to manage real time data communications.
Smart Grid communications provider Tantalus is sponsoring a Smart Grid conference hosted by Chattanooga utility Electric Power Board (EPB) on May 5 at The Chattanooga Hotel. The event includes an offsite tour of EPB’s Smart Grid program, which features Tantalus’ advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology. EPB is currently deploying Tantalus’ Homerun Network, a solution that enables the utility to use its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) infrastructure to connect hundreds of thousands of utility endpoints while providing customers with internet, phone, and TV media services.
Tantalus, which provides two-way, real-time data communications for utilities, has appointed energy industry veteran Ron Holcomb as Vice President of Business Development. In his new position, Holcomb will guide Tantalus’ business development initiatives for its smart grid communications technology. Tantalus’ TUNet communications systems are deployed at utilities throughout North America, helping customers better manage their energy resources.
The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) has signed an agreement with Efacec Advanced Control Systems (Efacec ACS), to provide next-generation Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) products to NRTC’s rural electric cooperative members.
Grid Net is collaborating with Sprint to deliver a solution that leverages Grid Net’s software platforms to connect smart meters and smart grid routers via the Sprint 4G network, meaning utilities can now offer secure, scalable, reliable, and standards-based Smart Grid technology.
Before the end of the year, Australian utility Western Power plans to begin deploying smart meters to 8,900 homes in Perth’s eastern suburbs as part of a $15 million, three-year trial program. The meters will be installed at no cost to residents living in the Bassendean, Midland, Forrestfield and Darlington suburbs of Perth. Western Power will cover up to $13 million of the total cost so the company can “determine the suitability for a range of new technologies right across the network.”
Despite EnergyAustralia’s growing fiber and WiMAX-based infrastructure in New South Wales, the energy retailer has opted against becoming a retail service provider (RSP) under the National Broadband Network (NBN). EnergyAustralia has established a wide-ranging network consisting of 800km of fiber infrastructure, and is in the process of deploying 140 WiMAX base towers around the state to transmit electricity usage information from smart meters to data collection units and mobile field devices. As part of its winning bid for the
Arch Rock Corporation has introduced PhyNet-Grid, the first advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and grid communication platform based entirely on industry-standard IP networking, security and data-collection protocols. It is also the first platform to offer real-time meter data collection and has the functionality to implement low-energy operations during a power outage, preventing the need of a time-consuming rebuild of the mesh network.