ATLANTA, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Landis+Gyr announced 13 new contracts this year for Gridstream® PLX, its next generation power line carrier (PLC) advanced meter network.
The new contracts bring the total number of utilities deploying PLX technology to 24 since the system was released at the end of 2012. These contracts represent a long-term potential upgrade of 450,000 metering endpoints.
"The excitement around Gridstream PLX shows that there still is a demand for PLC-based networks among many utilities," said Randy Edwards, Director of Product Management at Landis+Gyr. "And because PLX runs on the same head-end operating software as our Gridstream RF network, utilities are able to blend the technologies where it makes the most business sense."
In addition to advanced metering, Landis+Gyr is developing a load management solution for the PLX platform that will utilize the latest load management software for demand response applications. New products also in development include meter options for ANSI markets outside North America.
Gridstream PLX builds on Landis+Gyr's previous PLC offerings to deliver increased data capacity and functionality for today's smart grid networks. PLX provides utilities with 15-minute interval data from each meter on a continuous basis. The expanded channel capacity also enables remote updating of module firmware, and expanded memory allows storage of 60 day's worth of information at the endpoint.
Similar to Landis+Gyr's legacy PLC systems, PLX provides the advantage of unsolicited outage notifications, distribution line monitoring and time-synched "snapshots" of demand or voltage levels across the entire system.
Gridstream is Landis+Gyr's leading smart grid platform that delivers advanced metering, grid automation and consumer energy management capabilities to utilities worldwide. The solution integrates a number of communication technologies – including RF mesh, PLC and cellular – under a single head-end operating platform to give utilities the best technology fit and value for managing and controlling energy distribution systems.
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.6 billion, Landis+Gyr, an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,200 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.