KCBPU, which is deploying a smart grid for both power and water utilities, plans to improve operational efficiencies, increase reliable delivery of power and water services, and build customer satisfaction.
Don Gray, KCBPU general manager, explains, “A highly reliable communications infrastructure is a critical element in our smart grid rollout. Tropos met all of our criteria and has the capacity and security that will enable us to leverage it for a wide range of smart grid applications.”
After a successful five-year smart grid AMI pilot project that included 5,000 smart electric meters and 2,000 smart water meters, KCBPU intends to deploy AMI to the rest of its customers over the next two years by installing 70,000 Elster EnergyAxis electric meters and 56,000 EnergyAxis enabled Neptune water meters. In addition, Elster’s EnergyAxis Gatekeeper will be used as the metering LAN.
Bill Johnson, KCBPU’s manager of electric operations and technology, notes, “The cellular network we used for our AMI pilot was just unable to give us the reliability, coverage and economics we needed across our coverage area which ranges from urban to more rural areas. We evaluated other wireless broadband solutions but the Tropos network uniquely met all of our requirements.”
Tropos Networks president and chief executive officer Tom Ayers adds: “KCBPU is a great example of how a flexible and scalable wireless communications foundation can enable a range of applications that provide broad benefit across a utility’s operations, improving efficiencies and service to customers. We’re pleased to have been selected to help KCBPU build its smart grid vision and we look forward to working with their team.”
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