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Sensus and GE to Create Residential Meter with FlexNet Communications

Sensus and GE to Create Residential Meter with FlexNet Communications

FlexNet module will be integrated with GE I-210+c electric meter

Sensus and GE’s Digital Energy business are working together, integrating Sensus FlexNet communication technology into GE’s existing I-210+c electric meter.

Built on GE’s meter platform and inclusive of a Sensus FlexNet radio module, the GE I-210+c FlexNet-enabled meter will be available with and without remote disconnect. The new meter is also expected to meet Underwriters Laboratory (UL) 2735 at the time of initial product availability and Measurement Canada certification within three months of availability. GE’s residential smart meters were the first in the industry to achieve the UL-safety certification in 2014.

With the recent launch of its Stratus meter, Sensus will soon be the only manufacturer to offer two UL 2735 certified meters integrated with the FlexNet communication network.

The Sensus FlexNet system is a long-range radio network that provides a scalable and reliable communications infrastructure that enables smart cities. The range of the point-to-multi-point network reduces the number of access points required to capture and transmit data. Electric utilities using the FlexNet communication network can support multiple applications that increase operational efficiency and customer engagement. The large inventory of licensed spectrum ensures that customers have the bandwidth required to support future data requirements.

An initial launch of the GE I-210+c FlexNet-enabled meter is expected in July with general availability in the second half of 2015. Sensus and GE are exploring the opportunity to extend their collaboration to include IEC meters.

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