Texas Utility Installs Long-Range Radio System from Sensus (7/18/12)
Concho Valley Electric Cooperative (CVEC) will install a Sensus network as part of a thorough distribution system upgrade to serve its about 7,200 members in a 10-county territory surrounding San Angelo, Texas.
The FlexNet long-range radio system is based on open standards and communicates via dedicated, primary-use, FCC-protected spectrum. Full deployment is scheduled to start in August and will be completed by late fall. The project calls for installation of 13,000 Sensus electric meters in predominantly residential applications. Fourteen base stations and antennae will create a network canopy covering more than 4,000 square miles of mainly rural terrain.
Victor Thompson, CVEC’s director of engineering operations, said that the grid modernization is part of a work plan designed several years ago to replace its power line carrier-based advanced meter reading system for a more robust, secure network that can support multiple applications.
CVEC started with a pilot of FlexNet and several hundred meters in October 2011. Low latency speeds and range met expectations. Under ideal conditions, one meter can transmit accurate data across 60 miles back to the base station. CVEC will integrate FlexNet with existing outage management and integrated voice response systems, as well as new customer information and meter data management systems.
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