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Canada’s FortisBC Energy Selects Xylem for Advanced Gas Network

One million Sonix IQ meters to help increase safety and reliability in 20-year technology and services agreement

Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water and resource management technology company, is working with FortisBC Energy Inc. in British Columbia to deploy a Sensus advanced gas meter network. FortisBC serves more than one million natural gas customers across 135 communities in Canada’s westernmost province.

Through its Advanced Gas Meters project, FortisBC will address the need to modernize its metering infrastructure and enhance the resilience of its gas system. Pending regulatory approval, the project will provide the ability to better monitor and manage its system, and offer additional safety features.

FortisBC plans to deploy the Sensus FlexNet® communication network and approximately one million Sonix IQTM ultrasonic, residential gas meters. The FlexNet system will provide the utility secure, reliable, near real-time customer usage data from advanced meters and sensors over an encrypted wireless network. The Sonix IQ goes beyond precise, ultrasonic measurement to include smart-sensing safety features such as:

  • remote shutoff
  • continuous health checks on pressure and temperature
  • theft and tamper detection

“FortisBC exemplifies an innovative utility widening its view of what’s possible from advanced metering technology. They’re making their system smarter, safer and more sustainable while empowering their customers to better understand and track energy usage,” said Colin Sabol, senior vice president and president, Xylem Measurement & Control Solutions. “We’re proud to help FortisBC with this important work.”

The 20-year agreement includes Managed Services and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, which allows Xylem to maintain and perform upgrades so the utility can focus on what it does best: providing safe, reliable energy.

Subject to regulatory approval and other conditions precedent, meter deployment should begin in 2023.

Learn more about advanced gas meter technology in this video.


  • FortisBC Energy in British Columbia will modernize its gas metering infrastructure with Xylem.
  • The proposed deployment includes one million Sonix IQ ultrasonic, residential meters to help increase safety and reliability.
  • The 20-year agreement covers Managed Services and Software as a Service solutions from Xylem so the utility can focus on providing energy.

[FortisBC is] making their system smarter, safer and more sustainable.

Colin Sabol

Xylem President of Measurement & Control Solutions

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