Smart grid communications provider Tantalus, is offering a new network overlay package designed for rural electric cooperative and municipal utilities that currently use automated meter reading (AMR) via power line carrier (PLC) technology.
This hybrid 220MHz-900MHz wireless network solution is designed to provide reliable systemwide coverage over widespread and challenging terrain in a matter of days while effectively extending the useful life of PLC. This provides a cost-effective migration option for utilities across North America with existing investments in millions of already deployed PLC-connected endpoints.
Tantalus is demonstrating its AMR-to-AMI overlay capability this week at TechAdvantage. IREC, along with numerous other cooperatives including Fleming-Mason Energy (Kentucky), Inland Power & Light (Washington), and Deep East Texas EC (Texas) have recently adopted this AMI solution.
In addition to the initial automation of basic processes such as meter reading, many of these cooperatives are in the process of phasing out one-way PLC assets and replacing them with two-way devices. This paced migration mitigates asset write-off while providing the means to expand AMI initiatives to include applications such as member-accessible energy dashboards, prepaid electricity, electric, water, and gas interval data, and load control on a single network platform.