RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Elster announced today that it is expanding its deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions, leveraging cellular point-to-point communications to enable customer support for electric vehicles (EVs).
Elster's EnergyAxis® system now enables both mesh and cellular point-to-point capabilities in a single head-end system, allowing utilities to manage all of their endpoints in one seamless solution. The point-to-point solution uses the same head-end system and operates in parallel with other communication technologies which support applications such as remote meter reading, load control, asset monitoring, loss and theft detection, outage management, dynamic pricing, conservation voltage monitoring, and remote on and off services.
Cellular point-to-point solutions provide utilities with the flexibility needed for targeted Smart Grid deployments throughout their service areas, providing capabilities and applications to all customers in advance of, or as part of, a full SmartGrid deployment.
As part of Dominion Virginia Power's demonstration of AMI technologies, Elster's EnergyAxis solution is now providing AMI solutions beyond the utility's demonstration areas to include support for the company's EV rate-based pilot that is being offered throughout its service territory. Using the same head-end system, the electric vehicle solution will operate in parallel to the demonstration areas which are designed to help validate the utility's business case.
"This addition to the Elster EnergyAxis solution allows us to more effectively offer customized pricing solutions to customers throughout our service territory," said Dianne Corsello, Manager, Customer Solutions - Dominion Virginia Power.
"Our goal is to deliver a comprehensive communication platform that enables multiple smart grid applications," said Ed Myzska, President, Elster Solutions. "As an AMI solution, EnergyAxis can further enable the inclusion of Smart Grid-based capabilities like EV communications for large utilities in advance of full-scale network deployments."
Elster is one of the world's largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers. Its offerings include distribution monitoring and control, advanced smart metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services – key components for enabling consumer choice, operational efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by utilities in the traditional and emerging Smart Grid markets.
Elster has one of the most extensive installed revenue measurement bases in the world, with more than 200 million metering devices deployed over the course of the last 10 years. It sells its products and services in more than 130 countries across electricity, gas, water and multi-utility applications for residential, commercial and industrial, and transmission and distribution applications.