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Sensus Selected by Oakville Hydro to Provide Smart Grid Solution

The Oakville Hydro Corp. in Ontario has selected Sensus to power the next major milestone in the utility’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) initiative. Beginning in September the utility will deploy the Sensus FlexNet solution—a single-tier AMI system that provides reliable and flexible AMI fixed network service. The smart grid solution includes a dedicated, FCC licensed and protected communications network, with up to two watts of transmission power.

The Sensus FlexNet product suite offers dependable, mission-critical performance, combined with ANSI compliant metering, IP-based wide area communications, open standards home area networking, advanced smart grid products, and IP-based information systems.

“The minimal infrastructure of the Sensus solution helped us further our conservation efforts. We know our customers are doing all they can to use our resources responsibly, and we wanted to do the same from the delivery and provider prospective,” said Bob Myers, director, Energy Services for Oakville Hydro Corp. Oakville officials say that the FlexNet solution helped them meet their goal to minimize the AMI systems’ infrastructure and risk, without sacrificing service to the 54,000 endpoints located in Oakville’s dense urban environment.

The FlexNet solution helps utilities communicate with a complete range of endpoint devices—including smart meters, intelligent home devices, and distribution automation equipment in any mix of rural and urban terrain.

Oakville Hydro is part of the London Hydro Consortium Project, which recently selected the Sensus FlexNet solution for 1.2 million of the overall 1.8 million meters affected by the project. The Ontario utility, under its Energy Conservation Program, has been installing smart meters on all new home construction for the past five years, which puts it in the forefront of energy conservation initiatives.

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