Elster Electricity, LLC

September 20, 2005 08:00 ET

Elster Electricity Expands EnergyAxis System To Provide Meter Automation Benefits to Utilities Offering Both Electric and Water Services

RALEIGH, N.C.--(CCNMatthews - Sep 20, 2005) -

New Water Module is Designed to Connect to Multiple Vendors' AMR-Enabled Water Meter Registers

Elster Electricity, LLC, a provider of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions worldwide, announces the expansion of the EnergyAxis® System to remotely read both electricity and water meters. The EnergyAxis System for residential, commercial, and industrial metering automation is an AMI system that uses a powerful two-way RF communication system to retrieve metering information directly from meters. The new EnergyAxis Water Module is a battery-powered device that is provided in a molded enclosure that connects to an AMR-enabled water meter register. The EnergyAxis Water Module will be available for use with multiple manufacturers' water meters. It is currently available for use with AMCO Water Metering Systems' meters.

"Elster continues to enhance the EnergyAxis System to provide more features and services to the utility industry," stated Garry January, product manager at Elster Electricity. "This latest addition to the system now brings EnergyAxis automation and cost savings benefits to utilities offering both electric and water distribution."

The EnergyAxis Water Module supports data collection from water meter registers that have a digital output, or from state-of-the-art absolute encoder registers. The water meter's data is directed through Elster's 900 MHz mesh network to an area collector where the data is stored for retrieval by the Elster's EnergyAxis Metering Automation Server (MAS). The water module periodically reads the water meter register and reports data through Elster's mesh network, including total consumption and status information; leak detection warnings; operational status of the water module; and interval data for the previous 24 one-hour intervals, which can be used for consumption profiling as well as leak and tamper detection.

Modules may be connected to the water meter register at the water meter factory or added at the meter shop location. Modules are available for pit settings or above-grade remote or direct-connect applications.

About the EnergyAxis System

The EnergyAxis System uses intelligent, two-way spread spectrum frequency-hopping technology with self-registration to provide secure, reliable communication between meters and data collectors. This technology enables individual meters to act as repeaters, creating a dynamic communication path that optimizes signal strength of the RF and reliability of the communication link. With the single phase REX® meters (Form 2S and 12S), the A3 ALPHA® meter collector, and the polyphase A3 ALPHA meter, the EnergyAxis System is a complete metering automation solution that enables utilities to deploy a system that provides thorough territorial coverage for residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

About Elster Electricity, LLC

Elster Electricity, LLC is a provider of advanced metering infrastructure solutions to help utilities improve their revenue cycle services, customer service, delivery reliability, and workforce utilization. Elster Electricity is located in Raleigh, North Carolina and is part of the world's largest multi-utility metering company for electricity, water, and gas metering. Visit Elster Electricity at www.elsterelectricity.com.

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