Austin Energy expands advanced metering deployment
Posted by: Metering.com
February 28, 2008
The utility serves nearly 400,000 electricity customers in and around Austin, TX, and has utilized a Cellnet+Hunt fixed-network advanced metering solution for approximately a third of its customers since 2002.
Based on the Cellnet+Hunt RF mesh communications network, Austin Energy’s deployment will enable the utility to leverage its network for smart grid and demand response applications. These may include time-of-use pricing, distribution automation, load shedding, remote disconnect and in-home communication.
"This agreement continues our ongoing partnership with Austin Energy and will enable the utility to maximize return on its energy management strategy and achieve its smart grid goals," said Tracy Moore, Senior Vice President of Services at Cellnet+Hunt. "The network infrastructure we are deploying for Austin enables the utility to add two-way metering endpoints anywhere in its service territory."
Cellnet+Hunt’s RF mesh system is a two-way asynchronous RF mesh network combining AMI, DA, SCADA and multi-service utility meter operation functions into one smart grid network platform. It is currently operational at over 200 utilities worldwide.