Elster and Landis+Gyr have signed an agreement to jointly develop integrated advanced metering hardware for smart grid applications.
Under this agreement, each company will work to integrate communication functions into advanced meters with the purpose of providing utility customers with meter platform choice. Both companies are working to develop firmware that will make advanced meters function within each company's respective communication systems.
Landis+Gyr is developing Gridstream communications firmware that will operate within Elster's integrated residential REX meter platform, and enable the meter to operate within the Gridstream network without the need for a Landis+Gyr-specific communications module.
Likewise, Elster has agreed to develop EnergyAxis communications firmware that will operate seamlessly within Landis+Gyr's integrated residential FOCUS meter, without the need for an Elster-specific communications module.
Unlike traditional second source agreements that require network-specific communications modules, the anticipated outcome of this agreement is an integrated meter and communications platform for use within EnergyAxis or Gridstream smart grid networks. Utilities will be able to accommodate technology advances simply by updating the radio firmware in their meters.