Multinational conglomerate Honeywell announced that it will provide three power providers in the US with managed smart grid services.Honeywell will work with three municipal utilities in the cities of Glenwood Springs, Colorado and St. John, Kansas, as well as Yakama Power in Toppenish, Washington, to simplify the management of very technical smart grid networks, and enable improved electricity service and reliability for their customers.
According to company release, Honeywell's subscription services offer an alternative for smaller utilities, which typically have fewer IT resources, that choose not to own and manage their own advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) software. The release adds that managing AMI software is a resource-intensive task that many smaller utilities often struggle to accomodate.
Honeywell managed smart grid services
With its managed services, the three municipal utilities will leverage the full benefits of an AMI system, says Honeywell, including reduced operating expenses and the ability to better serve customers through improved billing accuracy and faster outage recovery.
"Utilities have to provide power in a consistent and reliable way, but grid modernization makes this complex because it involves choosing the right smart grid framework and ensuring its ongoing management," said Nitin S. Kulkarni, president of Smart Energy, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. "This can be particularly challenging for smaller communities and their IT resources. Honeywell's expertise and connected services reduce risk and provide added resources to level the playing field for all utilities so they can focus on their core business."
The release adds that through the Honeywell managed services subscriptions, all three utilities will receive portal access and analytics for the company's EnergyAxis connected electricity meters. The meters will provide data on customer energy consumption to enable more accurate billing, and also help detect meter tampering and outages for faster power
"As a smaller utility, we have many of the same fundamental objectives as any large power provider, but the added obstacle of operating with often limited resources – especially when it comes to IT," said Jeff Williamson, utility director for the City of St. John, Kansas. "Honeywell's managed smart grid services help us more easily cover off on important network management tasks so we can focus on our ultimate objective of providing our customers with affordable and reliable power."