Nashville, Tenn., May 24, 2011 — Elster and Aclara, part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc., announced that the two companies have teamed to promote gas smart-metering solutions.
The initial collaboration is a mutual agreement to develop support for Elster's new AC-250 gas meter shut-off valve via Aclara's STAR Network advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) module, enabling more precise control over gas flows for improved safety and revenue protection.
The joint solution, when developed, will provide utilities with remote fixed-network access to the downstream natural gas flow. It will enable utilities to promptly execute gas shut-offs, reducing operating costs, facilitating revenue recovery and enhancing employee and customer safety.
"Relying on the Aclara two-way AMI communications module to control Elster's AC-250 shut-off valve will enable utilities to quickly stop the flow of gas at the meter level," said Ron Smith, vice president of marketing, Aclara. "By combining two of the industry's most advanced solutions, Elster and Aclara are working hand-in-hand to bring the benefits of AMI infrastructure to both utilities and consumers."