RALEIGH, NC - November 28, 2005
Sensus Metering Systems announced that they have installed the FlexNet™ with AMDS Connect™ Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system for Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc. (CNDHI) with the cooperation of their Canadian Distributor, KTI Limited.
CNDHI will be piloting the FlexNet system as part of their involvement with the Ontario Utilities Smart Metering (OUSM) Working Group.
The FlexNet with AMDS Connect system enables CNDHI to collect hourly interval and time-of-use metering data on electricity consumption from residential and commercial customers across their service territory. CNDHI will also be testing the two-way features of the FlexNet system by installing remote disconnect, remote load shedding and advanced in-home display devices.
“Our first concern was finding a system that was truly capable of collecting hourly interval data from our residential customers. We were also looking for a system that could support both our urban and rural customers with a simple system architecture, and that is easily expandable to cover water and potentially gas meters in the future. We believe that the FlexNet system delivers on all of these requirements without issue. We are also intrigued by the comprehensive Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) tools built into the FlexNet network.” said Michael Knox, Director, Customer Information Services and Conservation for CNDHI.
The system consists of the Sensus solid-state iCon™ meter integrated with AMDS Connect (FlexNet) transceivers, the AMDS fixed network infrastructure and system software.
“We are very pleased that CNDHI has chosen the FlexNet System to meet the Government of Ontario’s Smart Meter Initiative and we look forward to a long term and successful relationship with CNDHI and the opportunity of providing the FlexNet system to other Canadian utilities,” comments David Herchko, VP of AMR Product & Services for Sensus.
Because the FlexNet system is a tower-based AMR network with extraordinary range, reliance on additional infrastructure, such as numerous collection points is avoided. The system has a simple, single-tier design – from meter to tower, substantially reducing infrastructure cost. Furthermore, AMDS provides a services agreement that handles installation, operation and maintenance of the network which releases the Utility from having to allocate manpower and resources to maintain the network.
The CNDHI project is one of many FlexNet deployments completed in the past few months. The Sensus/AMDS partnership was formed earlier this year to bring one of the most advanced 2-way AMR systems to the North American Utility marketplace. In this short time many utility customers have embraced the FlexNet system in their search for an AMR system that can deliver real operational savings and CDM features that reduce system load.
Advanced Metering Data Systems is a metering and wireless connectivity company with headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana. AMDS provides automatic meter reading technology and monitoring services to electric, gas and water utilities using patented technology and a dedicated, FCC-licensed fixed wireless network. For more information on AMDS, please visit www.AMDSWireless.com. AMDS, through its agreement with PageNet Canada, owns nationwide spectrum, has access to thousands of towers and supports rapid installation and maintenance of AMDS networks throughout Canada.
Note: iCon and FlexNet is a trademark of M&FC Holding, LLC
Note: AMDS Connect is a trademark of AMDS
About Sensus Metering Systems
The Sensus Metering Systems companies are leading world-class providers of water, gas, heat and electric meters including comprehensive metering communications system solutions that comprise both automatic meter reading (“AMR”) and advanced metering infrastructure (“AMI”) systems. Additional linked businesses include Smith-Blair, Inc. a leading provider of pipe clamp & coupling products for the water, gas, and industrial markets; and Sensus Precision Die Casting a producer of complex, high quality die castings.
About About Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc. Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc., a local electricity distribution company owned by the City of Cambridge and the Township of North Dumfries, delivers electricity to 48,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers. As part of the community since 1906, they continue to deliver safe reliable energy to consumers in these communities. For more information, please visit www.camhydro.com.