Landis+Gyr and strategic ally Comverge Inc. have introduced an AMR product aimed at helping utilities transition from dial-up cellular communication networks to the more robust digital networks. Comverge’s Maingate C&I™ device design has been incorporated into Landis+Gyr’s S4 meter, allowing utilities to install a polyphase communicating meter that is compatible with current master metering stations such as MV-90® or Proview, and to switch at any time in the future from dial-up to IP connectivity without a meter visit.

Landis+Gyr believes that many utilities may be underestimating the speed with which cellular analogue networks are becoming obsolete, and says that the Maingate-enabled S4 meter reduces the risk that they will be left without a viable communication network or cost-effective transition strategy.

Additional benefits of Comverge’s Maingate AMR devices include a choice between an under-glass or external design; multi-mode operations; and over-the-air upgrades. /