Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil --- (METERING.COM) --- October 24, 2012 - Neoenergia, the largest electricity distribution group in Northeast Brazil, is rolling out 35,000 metering endpoints based on Elster's Garnet solution in Bahia, Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte states in the country's northeastern region.

The rollout follows the successful 1,311 endpoint pilot project with the Garnet solution completed late last year to reduce non-technical losses and enhance collections.

Elster was selected because the Garnet technology meets Neoenergia‘s operating requirements for a robust, self healing and easily configurable network with remote connect/disconnect, among other criteria. Neoenergia established a new configuration to its distribution network, where read, disconnect and reconnect to consumer units can be remotely executed, improving operational effectiveness.

Developed and manufactured in Brazil, the Garnet solution allows utilities to deploy up to 12 single phase electric smart meters in one unit, which is typically installed on the top of an electric transformer pole to prevent unauthorized access to the equipment. The solution has a secure all-weather stainless steel casing and the embedded metering technology has comprehensive self diagnostic functions that can identify tampering, fraud or irregular operation and can immediately alert the utility. Equipped with RF mesh communications and networking features, the solution allows for remote measurements and remote connection and disconnection.

Rollouts of the Garnet solution have continued to gain momentum in Brazil, with a number of major utilities deploying an AMI as part of essential upgrades to the electric distribution network. AES Eletropaulo, the largest power distribution company in Brazil, has completed an initial rollout of the solution in the Morada do Sol community and is now preparing a second rollout in another community. Also, Light S.A., the second largest utility in Brazil, has selected Garnet as part of its AMI program for the communities of Macacos, Alemão and Cidade de Deus in the state of Rio de Janeiro.