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Aclara Offers Wireless Communications on Verizon's Network

Aclara Technologies LLC now offers utility companies a secure, standards-based, and easy-to-deploy solution to backhaul data from meters and other utility-operated devices over a virtual private network (VPN) operating on Verizon’s network.

Aclara’s Metrum Cellular VPN-based, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution enhances AMI deployment planning with a one-stop solution for utilities deploying cellular technologies for advanced metering infrastructure.

The solution includes encryption technologies that isolate meter data from other traffic on the public cellular network. Uniquely, Aclara Metrum Cellular also provides pass-through communications to billing, making it compatible with any data-collection standard employed by the utility, including MV-90.

The Metrum Cellular solution will be jointly marketed through the Verizon Partner Program, of which Aclara is a Silver member. Verizon offers the a 4G LTE network, and provides disaster preparedness, infrastructure investment, and implementation and support. Utilities purchasing the solution through the Verizon Partner Program have one point of contact for all services and support.

With its ability to bring high-bandwidth, low-latency, IP-based cellular communications directly to utility endpoints such as meters and substation equipment, the Aclara Metrum Cellular AMI simplifies replacement of legacy telephone connections and fill-in for hard-to-reach areas. It is especially effective when deployed in high-value commercial and industrial applications where large amounts of data must be collected in real time.

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