Kosciusko REMC Selects Landis+Gyr for Advanced Metering Project
ATLANTA, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Kosciusko REMC has selected Landis+Gyr's Gridstream RF advanced metering solution for its smart grid infrastructure project that will begin installation in early 2012.
Kosciusko REMC plans to deploy Gridstream RF mesh network technology, E350 FOCUS AX-SD residential meters and E650 S4e commercial meters to all of its member customers over an 18-month period beginning early next year. In addition to collecting interval meter data for billing and system management, the utility plans to use the system to enhance consumer programs and operations.
"When it comes to preparing for current and future initiatives, we like to be on the leading edge with a proven technology," said Steve Rhodes, President and CEO of Kosciusko REMC. "Gridstream will provide access to information and the ability to remotely manage our distribution system in ways that will help us enhance customer service, lower costs and improve overall efficiency."
Once the installation of the meters and network is complete, Kosciusko REMC members will benefit from improved outage notification, confirmed operation of load management devices, and access to metering data through an online portal, Rhodes added
Other programs the utility is considering are prepaid metering and home area networking. The residential meters Kosciusko REMC is installing include integrated remote service switches and ZigBee® communications for home area network applications. The integrated service switch will allow the utility to offer prepaid metering as an alternative to high deposits, and the utility also plans to test smart thermostats and other in-home devices with interested members.
"Kosciusko REMC wanted a future-ready platform for smart grid management engineered to accommodate their changing needs over time. In addition to providing two-way communications with a wide range of metering and distribution devices, Gridstream applications deliver proven benefits for utility customer service and operations departments, along with the built-in ability to add new technology as it becomes available. We look forward to working with the staff at Kosciusko REMC to realize their smart grid objectives," said Dave Connaker, Vice President of Sales, at Landis+Gyr.
Landis+Gyr's Gridstream RF network technology provides an intelligent communication link across the distribution network. It uses a highly versatile and proven radio mesh network to communicate with meters, in-premise devices and distribution automation equipment. Gridstream devices use the Smart Energy Profile standard to enable communication with smart appliances and in-home units. This technology is currently being deployed to millions of residential and commercial sites across North America.
Kosciusko REMC is a cooperative electric utility based in Warsaw, Indiana. It provides electric service to nearly 18,000 members throughout Kosciusko County and parts of surrounding counties. The service territory includes a strong commercial and industrial base, representing 40 percent of the utility's energy load.
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, Landis+Gyr operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better.
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