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North Carolina Town Installs Two-Way AMI

The Town of Wake Forest, North Carolina, is installing a TS2 AMI system from Hunt Technologies to provide advanced two-way communications for the 6000 electric meters in its utility service territory.

“We made the decision to go with Hunt’s TS2 system because of its two-way communication features and the easy-to-use operating software,” said Mike Barton, director of public works for the town of Wake Forest. “All of our departments will see lower costs and increased productivity.”

Barton also anticipates improved customer service, as the TS2 system eliminates the need to estimate bills, identifies problems with the meter and provides outage management functions. The utility plans a rapid deployment schedule, with the system completely installed by the end of August.

Located 20 miles north of Raleigh, the Wake Forest is experiencing rapid growth, especially among commercial power customers.

“The TS2 system will allow us to get demand reads from our commercial customers with no hassles,” Barton said.

Hunt’s TS2 system is a power line carrier-based technology. It’s “Always On” communication structure ensures simultaneous communication with every meter in the system. This enables accurate, secure data transmission, while offering advanced monitoring functions such as outage detection, voltage and load information. Remote programming of endpoints can be accomplished from the utility office for such functions as time-based billing structures and demand response, ensuring compliance with Energy Policy Act smart metering directives.

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