TOKYO, JAPAN - June 27, 2013
Sensus, a leading utility infrastructure company, finds Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) functionalities such as reading interval data, remote service connects and disconnects and outage alarms have all delivered significant operational savings and improved the bottom lines for many utilities. This early success of AMI is creating the need to move more data faster between distinct devices and is raising the bar for what utilities expect in an AMI communications network.
In a recently published white paper, “Next Generation AMI: Utilities Benefit from Optimizing AMI Network Operation Using Multi-Channel Allocation,” Sensus finds utilities must have a solution that can continue to grow and evolve with the perpetually changing utility business case driven by the need to streamline operations, reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction and overcome regulatory challenges.
Key attributes of next generation AMI include:
True end-to-end IPv6 communication across all platforms for electric, gas, water, Distribution Automation, Demand Response, and lighting control. The ability to optimize every endpoint on a utility’s system by utilizing power control, next generation AMI ensures that the network manages the power of every transmission based on need. Using licensed spectrum with advanced modulation schemes increase data rates and network capacity, which enable utilities to transmit the increasing amount of data Smart Grids require. The ability to dedicate distinct channels to specific applications: multiple and distinct channels are another benefit of licensed spectrum that greatly reduces latency.
“Total cost of ownership is not just based on initial costs, but the financial return from overall benefits derived from the technology, so a good AMI network will have a structure that gives utilities the flexibility to grow over the life of the technology without having to fill the gaps along the way,” said Andy Slater, Director at Sensus. “Choosing the right AMI solution is a timely topic for Japan, where utilities are preparing to embark in earnest on smart metering projects that will determine the cost and service ramifications for operators and a generation of customers.”
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.Download PDF