Elster Electricity, part of Elster Group, has launched an Advanced Grid Infrastructure (AGI) initiative as a collaborative effort including utilities and key technology partners to realize innovative AMI-based solutions for the grid of the future.

The initiative will provide the utility industry with a powerful set of hardware and software solutions in the critical area of network automation. It will allow Elster and its partners to offer standards-based solutions that enable utilities to improve the operation of the electrical network by leveraging their AMI investment. Members of the AGI to date include ABB, FieldMetrics, Lindsey and Sensorlink.

Elster has also joined EPRI’s IntelliGrid program, which provides utilities with standards-based methodology, tools, recommendations and technologies for implementing advanced metering, distribution automation, and demand response and wide-area measurement systems.

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