Elster First to Win European Approval for New H5000 Woltmann Turbine Water Meter with Measuring Range of 1600:1

New H5000 features widest measuring range of any metering technology with a single measuring element

Mar 31, 2011, 04:00 ET from Elster

LUTON, England, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Elster (NYSE: ELT) announced today that the Slovak Institute of Metrology has approved Elster's next generation H5000 Woltmann turbine bulk water meter in accordance with European Measuring Instruments Directive 2004/22/EC.

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The approved measuring range of 1600:1 marks the first time this exceptional level of performance has been achieved from a Woltmann type water meter.

With a range of important features and its innovative measuring technology, the H5000 is ideally suited for billing or water distribution applications. A new rotor design combined with proven sensor technology maximizes its measuring range.

A single measuring element improves sensitivity, durability and maintains its useful life even at the highest flow rates. With low-flow capabilities similar to combination meters, the H5000 provides a metrological performance that ensures accurate measurement of minimum night flows.

The H5000 meter has an advanced electronic register which includes integrated communications covering a range of industry standard outputs compatible with common AMR/AMI systems and data-logging equipment.

"The approval of a range of H5000 meter sizes under European Directive 2004/22/EC recognizes the substantial investment and expertise of Elster's development team and is the latest example of the innovation our customers expect from Elster," commented Tim Gabriel, senior vice president of operations for Elster's global water business.

"With a measuring range of 1600:1, the H5000 offers customers a solution that provides accurate water measurement in support of both commercial billing and network applications. It also simplifies meter selection and helps to provide reliable connectivity for Smart Metering and other telemetry devices," Gabriel added.

About Elster

Elster (NYSE: ELT) 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.

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