Essen, Germany, May 9, 2012 — Brazilian utility Light S.A. chose Elster's Garnet and Dracon solutions to expand its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system to an additional 80,000 metering endpoints in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Since the initial successful deployment of Elster solutions for 20,000 metering endpoints in the communities of Tabajaras, Cabritos and Borel in the first half of 2011, Light placed subsequent orders for an additional 80,000 endpoints, for a total of 100,000 endpoints by the end of 2012.
Developed and manufactured in Brazil, Elster's Garnet solution allows utilities to deploy up to 12 single-phase electric smart meters in one unit, which is typically installed on the top of an electric transformer pole to prevent unauthorized access to the equipment.
The Garnet solution has a secure all-weather stainless steel casing and the embedded metering technology has comprehensive self-diagnostic functions that can identify tampering, fraud or irregular operation and can immediately alert the utility.
Equipped with radio frequency mesh communications and networking features, the solution allows for remote measurements and remote connection and disconnection.