Elster works with SAIC to deliver comprehensive smart grid as a service

The hosted end-to-end solution is especially cost-effective for public power municipal and cooperative agencies, and will enable them to improve operating efficiencies and customer service

Raleigh, N.C., March 14, 2011 — Elster will work with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) to deliver a comprehensive hosted smart grid solution that will empower utilities with a variety of advanced functionalities across electric, water and gas infrastructures.

The hosted end-to-end solution is especially cost-effective for public power municipal and cooperative agencies, and will enable them to improve operating efficiencies and customer service.

This full life-cycle offering will enable utility customers the opportunity to realize the benefits of smart grid as a service (SGaaS), such as demand response, distribution automation, meter data management, voltage conservation, transformer monitoring, electric vehicle charging and more.

With the bundled offering, small and large utilities can operate a high availability smart grid system at lower cost.

The joint solution will build on Elster's EnergyAxis Smart Grid solution and SAIC's Tier 3 SAS 70 Type II service. EnergyAxis, which is already active in more than 85 deployments worldwide, enables advanced metering infrastructure and DA convergence through built-in applications.

Elster EnergyAxis supports TCP/IP, IPv4 and IPv6, and provides utilities with increased interoperability and more multi-technology options. EnergyAxis uses standard interfaces to customer information systems, geospatial information systems, outage management systems and SCADA, and is compliant with industry standards, including National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) approved security standards. SGaaS also provides scalable MDM for smart grid deployments of all sizes.

The comprehensive solution from Elster and SAIC provides program management services, as well as business process and change management. The entire solution takes advantage of multiple wide area network (WAN) technologies, eliminating the need for a system backhaul.

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