Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 21, 2008 – Elster Electricity, part of Elster Group, a provider of AMI and integrated metering and utilization solutions to the gas, electricity and water industries, has announced the commercial release of the REX2-EA smart meter, which provides an expanded feature set and additional memory to further enhance the capabilities of Elster’s EnergyAxis System.

REX2-EA is a member of the REX family of ANSI standards-based meters designed specifically for use within AMI systems, and represents the next generation of AMI meters. The REX2 meter platform provides 128-bit AES encryption, supports ANSI C12.22, is compatible with various home area networks including ZigBee-based networks, allows remote upgradeability of meter and communications firmware independently while protecting endpoint operation and data integrity, and provides enhanced energy theft detection capabilities.

Elster’s EnergyAxis System delivers proven AMI technology to manage installed smart devices and retrieve related information. The system provides the foundation for energy conservation, demand response, smart home solutions and is part of the smart grid of the future. It supports gas, electricity and water while its open and interoperable architecture lowers investment risk by providing maximum flexibility for the integration of third party solutions and emerging technologies via open and standards-based interfaces.