Sensus Introduces SmartPoint GM Transceivers for Two-Way Communication with Natural Gas Utility Meters
- Created on Thursday, 28 April 2011 00:00
Single transceiver enables walk-by, drive-by and fixed-base metering communications
RALEIGH, N.C. - Natural gas utilities can now deploy any combination of walk-by, drive-by or fixed-base two-way communications using Sensus SmartPointTM GM transceivers. Easily installed on existing residential, commercial or industrial meters, the new SmartPoint GM transceivers enable system-wide data collection and monitoring for improved customer service and operational efficiency.
The SmartPoint GM transceiver allows utilities to migrate from walk-by/drive-by reading capabilities to a fixed-base system when connected with the Sensus FlexNetTM advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications network. Migration between the communication platforms is supported by a simple, over-the-air reconfiguration of the SmartPoint GM transceiver.
"These transceivers enable gas utilities to gather data that helps them better serve their customers by understanding usage patterns and improve operational efficiencies such as reducing truck rolls and optimizing human resources," said Joe McCormick, vice president of gas operations at Sensus. "In addition, the alarm features are pre-programmable and alert utilities to specified conditions that may require a particular action."
SmartPoint GM transceivers are interoperable and designed to fit gas meters from a variety of manufacturers. Fixed-base customers will be able to harness the full benefits of two-way remote reading communications using the Sensus FlexNet system, which is based on open standards and licensed spectrum. Customers using a fixed-base system can also request on demand readings from the utility office.
Sensus leads in innovative and evolving technology solutions that enable intelligent use and conservation of critical energy and water resources. Sensus has led the discovery, development and implementation of technologies for the energy and water industries for more than a century. Water, gas and electric utility customers around the world benefit from the company's open, flexible products and solutions to help them optimize their resources - today and tomorrow. Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., USA, Sensus serves customers from locations throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more information, visit www.sensus.com.
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