RALEIGH, NC and LONDON, UK - August 14, 2013
Sensus, a leading utility infrastructure company, has been selected to provide the core communications technology to support one of the world’s largest smart metering projects—the UK government’s plan to put smart meters in millions of homes and small businesses by 2020. Sensus technology will support the rollout of electric and gas smart meters to ten million locations in the Northern region of Great Britain, subject to contract.
“The selection validates that our technology has no borders,” said Sensus CEO and President Peter Mainz. “Further, it provides financial and energy savings for utilities and consumers by improving operational efficiency and enabling the public to make informed choices on their energy use.”
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced today that communications company Arqiva has been selected as preferred bidder to provide the smart metering communications service for Northern England and Scotland. In conjunction with Arqiva, Sensus will provide the long-range radio technology for a private, secure and resilient communications network.
With proven results in North America and successful deployments in Europe, Sensus is uniquely qualified to bring its FlexNet™ communications technology to a project of this magnitude. The open standards-based communications network is currently in more than 16 million endpoints, including smart meters and other devices.
“With more than 475 electric, gas and water utilities adopting Sensus advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technologies, we have proven that our solution works,” said Mainz. “The scope of the Great Britain initiative serves as a benchmark for future projects around the world.”
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.
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. 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. www.arqiva.com