Metretek, Inc.’s InvisiConnect wireless IP communications solution supporting Itron Inc.’s SENTINEL and QUANTUM Q1000 electricity meters is now commercially available. Many electricity utilities have been using the analogue cell phone network as a communications medium to connect their meters to software applications, but the move to digital technology makes it necessary to upgrade their communications hardware to support the new wireless digital cell phone network. Metretek’s InvisiConnect wireless IP communications solution interfaces with Itron’s meters over the GSM networks of Cingular, and the T-Mobile and CDMA2000 networks of Verizon and Sprint.

InvisiConnect offers a transparent, secure and cost-effective hardware and software solution to facilitate wireless IP connectivity between the SENTINEL and QUANTUM Q1000 meters and MV-90 xi/PC PRO+ applications software. The wireless devices are specifically designed to provide plug and play capability via RS-232 and/or RS-485 connectivity at the field unit level. Solutions are currently available for both GSM/GPRS and CDMA 1xRTT wireless networks.