LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - August 12, 2011
Arqiva, the communications and media services company, and Sensus, the leading utility infrastructure company, have announced that major meter manufacturers EDMI, EM-Lite, Itron, OnStream and Secure Meters have agreed to integrate into their smart meter product portfolio the Sensus FlexNetTM long-range radio communications solution for smart metering and smart grid.
These manufacturers between them supply the majority of meters to the British energy market and their involvement acknowledges the real challenges involved in deploying smart meters to domestic and non-domestic customers by 2019. The inclusion of the FlexNet solution in their products provides recognition of its suitability for the British Smart Meter and Smart Grid programmes.
David Green, Smart Metering Programme Director at SmartReach consortium member Arqiva said “Arqiva and Sensus are committed to ensuring open access to the FlexNet system for meter manufacturers and we are delighted that these leading companies have committed to working with us. This announcement ensures Britain has the opportunity to deploy a world leading utility grade smart metering and smart grid solution.”
Adrian Flewitt, Technical Director of Sensus UK said: “We are delighted to be working with these leading manufacturers, which demonstrates growing support for the principles of a dedicated, utility communications network capable of delivering universal connectivity. This ensures energy suppliers have a choice of network solutions as they undertake trials and deployments.”
Notes to editors
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, and home area networking. Customers worldwide trust the innovation, quality and reliability of Sensus solutions for the intelligent use and conservation of energy and water.
The FlexNet solution, based on long range radio technology, provides secure, resilient, dedicated communications to smart meters that allows communications to meters in locations that otherwise it would be not be possible to reach. The FlexNet solution currently supports 10 million meters worldwide.
Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, operates at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets.
The company is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world. Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK and has a significant presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the independent radio groups, major telco providers including the UK’s five mobile network operators, and the emergency services.