a leading provider of smart grid infrastructure technologies for
electric, gas and water utilities, has been selected by the City
of Medicine Hat (CMH), Alberta, Canada, to automate metering for all
three of the municipality's utility services.
CMH is currently commissioning the Sensus FlexNet system for a trial
phase with residential and commercial accounts. The Industry
Canada-licensed, full two-way FlexNet system includes seven collector
base stations networked with Sensus iCon™
electric and iPERL™
water meters, as well as Sensus SmartPoint™
gas transceivers. Pending the city council approval, CMH would move
forward with the project's second phase of replacing legacy analog
equipment with automated meters at each of the 30,000 customer accounts
covering an area of 43 square miles (111 km2) in the
southeastern part of the province.
Medicine Hat, which sits on large deposits of natural gas, is rare among
North American municipalities in that the city owns and operates all
power generating and transmission and distribution assets. The city's
Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project manager, Dean Stepanic,
said the project represents the first implementation in Canada of
electric, water and gas measurement, monitoring and control over a
single network. He added that the choice of implementing Sensus
technology was driven by an effort to manage costs and provide better
service to the city's 61,000 residents.
"Medicine Hat provides very competitive utility rates for customers but
we needed to build a modern system for more efficient monitoring,
accurate billing and greater conservation," stated Stepanic. "The
FlexNet licensed spectrum allows us to automate meter reading and
collect critical infrastructure data more securely than with a system
based on public spectrum."
Stepanic also said that the system's point-to-multipoint topology
requires less equipment than mesh networks and seamlessly interfaces
with the city's existing fiber optic network for backhaul. "FlexNet will
allow us to expand and introduce more services and capabilities such as
distribution automation at some point in the future."
In addition to electric meter installations, advanced meters for water
and gas is a growing trend as utilities replace on-premise meter reading
and introduce more options for customers to monitor usage and billing.
Advanced water and gas metering has the additional benefits of leak
detection and public safety. Initially, CMH will perform automated
billing and remote monitoring with the new system and may offer
voluntary pricing options after full deployment.
Sensus is a leading utility infrastructure company offering smart
meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric,
gas, and water industries. Sensus technology helps utilities drive
operational efficiency and customer engagement with applications that
include advanced meter reading, data acquisition, demand response,
distribution automation, home area networking and outdoor lighting
control. Customers worldwide trust the innovation, quality and
reliability of Sensus solutions for the intelligent use and conservation
of energy and water. Learn more at www.sensus.com.
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