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Navasota Valley Electric Cooperative Selects Sensus FlexNet Utility Network and iCon-A Electric Meters to Increase Reliability for Residential Members

Tennessee public utility lays foundation for future smart grid initiatives with low-latency, licensed spectrum network.

Navasota Valley Electric Cooperative (NVEC) has chosen to install the Sensus FlexNetTM utility communications network in an effort to increase reliability and provide usage information for its approximate 13,000 member, nine-county service territory in central Texas.

NVEC will embark on a three-month pilot program this fall with residential iCon® A electric meters and two base stations and eventually replace all of its more than 18,000 meters with Sensus technology.

The Sensus FlexNet utility network, which is based on open standards, will serve as a foundation for future outage management capabilities with NVEC’s Milsoft system and will seamlessly integrate with the cooperative’s existing Daffron customer information system. NVEC is confident that the Sensus AMI technology will be an excellent match for its rural environment that stretches more than 5,000 miles.

« We chose to implement the Sensus FlexNet system at the recommendation of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), » said NVEC’s Kayla Sanders of Member Services. « Their recommendation, along with that of comparable cooperatives in the area, assured us that the licensed spectrum and point-to-multipoint network would be ideal for reaching our rural members. »

Sanders noted that its current power line carrier (PLC) system no longer represented the best option for its members and that the Sensus technology offered reliability along with system versatility.

About Sensus

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.

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