The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) has signed another three-year channel partnership with Sensus. Through this renewed partnership, Sensus smart grid technologies, including the FlexNet advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system, smart meters, automation control and demand response solutions will be offered to NRTC rural electric co-op members across the U.S.
The open standards-based FlexNet two-way communication network sends and receives data from various smart devices including meters and other sensors. The system provides two-way communication technology, smart meters, data analysis and service hosting that allows utilities and their customers to detect and curb leaks, conserve resources, reduce energy costs and lower carbon emissions. Sensus FlexNet technology is used by more than 450 utilities worldwide.
Since 2011, NRTC members have installed nearly 600,000 Sensus meters at 40 different rural electric cooperatives. With the renewed agreement, NRTC plans to install more than 1 million Sensus meters at an additional 100 cooperatives nationwide.