New mobile communications solution improves meter read rates

The FlexNet EasyLink Mobile Communications is a new solution from Sensus aimed at assiting utilities to increase meter read rates and decrease drive time. The portable, radio-based device easily acquires data from electric, gas and water meters and is a simple, cost-effective way to simultaneously read Sensus SmartPoint modules and ERT radios. Easylink can provide solutions for utilities whether they want to continue drive-by, automated reading solutions or have flexible migration paths to advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).

“With more than 60 million encoder receiver transmitters (ERTs) deployed for drive-by, automated meter reading (AMR), utilities have a choice: continue replacing the legacy assets to maintain the status quo or completely replace their entire system with AMI all at once,” said Greg Myers, Sensus vice president of global electric marketing. “EasyLink provides an effective alternative to upgrading ERT technology without stranding utility assets.”

According to Sensus, the EasyLink solution is fast, flexible and future-proof. It can allow utilities to replace failed or aging ERTs with SmartPoints and continue to drive the same routes using the EasyLink solution to read both types of devices. The technology also enables utilities to easily migrate to advanced metering infrastructure.

The one-box, portable technology consists of:

The FlexNet® communication network communicates via dedicated, FCC-licensed spectrum, ensuring secure and reliable data transmissions. The network supports the EasyLink applications so utilities can capture and analyze more data for optimal operational efficiency.

“EasyLink is a smart solution for utilities looking for greater performance,” said Sensus Vice President of Communications Solutions Marketing Randolph Wheatley. “With the higher transmission power of FlexNet, SmartPoints can be read at greater distances, leading to further efficiencies for smart utilities.”

Get the facts about the EasyLink solution. Sensus will also be hosting a demonstration at its booth, 2342, during the Jan. 23-25 DistribuTECH Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Sensus helps a wide range of public service providers—from utilities to cities to industrial complexes and campuses—do more with their infrastructure to improve quality of life in their communities. The company enables customers to reach farther through the application of technology and data-driven insights that deliver efficiency and responsiveness. Sensus partners with them to anticipate and respond to evolving business needs with innovation in sensing and communications technologies, data analytics and services. Learn more at sensus.com and follow @SensusGlobal on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services, and agricultural settings. With its October 2016 acquisition of Sensus, Xylem added smart metering, network technologies and advanced data analytics to its portfolio of solutions. The Company’s nearly 16,000 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions.

Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2015 revenue of $3.7 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands. For more information, please visit www.xyleminc.com.

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