KD Bar protects gang meter sockets

Brooks Utility Products Group's KD Bar helps prevent gang meter socket tampering.

Farmington Hills, Mich., Aug. 25, 2010—The dramatic increase in AMI/smart metering deployments across the nation has resulted in fundamental changes in meter site inspection and security. Brooks Utility Products Group has expanded its line of security products to include the new KD Bar, which helps protect gang meter sockets from tampering.

The KD Bar is made of powder-coated hardened steel and features a sliding, adjustable-length design that fits a variety of different-sized gang meter sockets. It locks across the front covers of the gang socket, using one of two locking systems:
- Padlock-style lock, similar to Brooks UP's Quik Pin Lock
- Barrel lock style, such as Brooks UP's Quik Lock II

In addition, an optional center lock bracket is available for added security by creating an additional lock point.

The KD Bar is available in two sizes and does not require holes to be punched in the socket—allowing for quick and easy installation on many sizes of gang meter sockets. The small bar adjusts to fit sockets 25 to 37 inches, and the large bar adjusts to fit sockets 37 to 64 inches in overall length.

"The changes to metering operations because of AMI/smart metering have necessitated a greater commitment to asset protection," said Mike Lewis of Brooks UP. "We've made many additions to our product line, and can now offer a tiered solution in security, featuring security seals, labels and hardened products."

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