Elster Electricity has announced plans to license the EnergyAxis System's RF mesh technology to Hunt Technologies of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. Under the terms of the license, Hunt Technologies will use non-Elster meters to provide Elster's EnergyAxis RF mesh technology. Utility customers will have the benefit of choosing to purchase an integrated EnergyAxis RF meter from Elster or to purchase a non-Elster meter with the EnergyAxis RF modiule developed and sold through Hunt Technologies.
The EnergyAxis System for residential and commercial and industrial metering automation uses a powerful two-way RF communications system to retrieve metering information directly from meters. The communications network uses intelligent, two-way spread-spectrum frequency-hopping tehcnology with self-registration to provide secure, reliable communications between meters and data collectors. This technology enables individual meters to act as repeaters, creating a dynamic communication path that optimizes signal strength of the RF and reliability fo the communications link.