Georgia Utility Installs Network Technology from Sensus (8/2/12)
Southern Rivers Energy (SRE) will install utility network technology from Sensus as part of a technology update to serve the electric cooperative’s approximately 15,000 members in its nine-county service territory in central Georgia.
SRE, based in Barnesville, Ga., considered several options including mesh and power line carrier networks to replace a drive-by advanced meter reading system before deciding on the FlexNet system. Initial deployment will include nine FlexNet base stations and 18,500 electric meters integrated with new mobile work management and automated vehicle location systems.
The FlexNet network will provide SRE with secure, two-way communications between residential and commercial meters and enterprise systems that include meter data management and outage notification products.
The contract, which was administered by the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) calls for deployment of a complete wireless network by the end of 2013. SRE elected to have Sensus provide hosting services for the network’s head end applications rather than manage network servers in-house.
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