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On-Ramp Wireless Launches AMI Solution Powered by Wireless Communication Network

On-Ramp Wireless has launched its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution which is built on the On-Ramp Total Reach Network wireless communications infrastructure. Through partnerships with meter and meter data management system (MDMS) providers, On-Ramp supports smart metering capabilities on the same network infrastructure that supports grid automation and demand response.

GE has selected On-Ramp’s Total Reach Network for its Grid IQ Advanced Metering Infrastructure Point-to-Multipoint (P2MP) solution, which includes GE’s residential and commercial/industrial meters and GE’s Smart Metering Operations Suite (SMOS).

Purpose-built to realize the incredible promise of the machine-to-machine vision, including AMI, On-Ramp’s solution delivers advanced metering features and standard integration with billing, meter data management, and other utility systems. With network-wide security, this simple star topology network enables accurate network planning, rapid and flexible deployment scheduling, and lower capital and operations costs than other solutions. With these factors, utilities achieve accelerated ROI as they migrate from manually read or one-way AMR systems, without lengthy or restrictive deployment programs or hard-to-reach meter issues in rural and urban environments. The lowest total cost of ownership combined with rapid realization of advanced metering benefits yields the fasted ROI in the industry.

Once deployed, the high capacity On-Ramp Total Reach Network is designed to efficiently manage two-way AMI communications and readily handles periodic surges in data traffic such as a wide-scale power outage notification. The huge capacity of the network means that even a fully deployed electric AMI solution has plenty of available capacity to add gas metering, water metering, grid automation and demand response on the same On-Ramp Total Reach Network.

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