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Landis+Gyr and Oncor Reach Milestone in Smart Texas Advanced Meter System Deployment

Landis+Gyr and Oncor, the owner and operator of the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas, have announced a milestone in Oncor's advanced meter system rollout with the deployment of nearly 250,000 smart meters. By year-end, Oncor anticipates nearly 700,000 advanced meters and their communications systems to be in place.

Together, the companies have installed close to a quarter million advanced service connect meters, the related networking infrastructure equipment and supporting software, as part of Oncor's Smart Texas initiative. In connection with the large-scale Gridstream solution deployment in the Dallas metro area, Oncor is currently collecting and transmitting electricity usage data in 15-minute intervals for each of its deployed advanced meters, making Oncor's program one of the largest, and most quickly installed advanced meter efforts in the US. By 2012, Oncor anticipates replacing every residential and small commercial meter in its system, 3.4 million, with an advanced meter system.

The effort is part of a major four-year, end-to-end advanced metering deployment announced last May. Oncor will deploy Landis+Gyr's Gridstream RF Mesh platform to 3.4 million points of delivery, empowering 7 million Texas consumers to independently manage their energy consumption, cut their energy bills and protect the environment.

Oncor's advanced meter system will support personal energy management applications such as in home displays and smart thermostats. The flexibility and interoperability supported by the system through application of industry standards, web services application programming interfaces and built-in security features, empowers Oncor to meet the advanced metering objectives outlined by the Public Utility Commission of Texas in a robust and secure manner.

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