KC Electric installs Sensus communication network

The deployment, which began in fall 2011, is scheduled to be completed at the end of this year and includes four base stations

Raleigh, N.C., October 31, 2012 — KC Electric Association, Inc. will soon finalize installation of a Sensus FlexNet Utility Network and iCon A electric meters to serve about 4,000 residential and small commercial members across an estimated 5,000-square-mile territory in rural Colorado. KC Electric is also installing about 2,200 Sensus iCon APX electric meters for commercial and irrigation members.

The deployment, which began in fall 2011, is scheduled to be completed at the end of this year and includes four base stations. KC Electric chose to install the FlexNet point-to-multipoint network, which is based on open standards, in order to overcome problems including line interference and the maintenance with mesh and power line carrier systems. The Sensus equipment will replace analog meters, which were read manually by customers or utility personnel.

With about 45 percent of its load comprised of irrigation, KC Electric plans for the Sensus system to serve as the foundation for its plans to eventually implement an online portal through which irrigators can monitor energy usage. KC Electric also plans to integrate the Sensus technology with its current outage management system via MultiSpeak and use power quality monitoring to determine voltage regulation.

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