Tantalus announces availability of TUNet-compatible Itron CENTRON II meter
Oct 10, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Tantalus, a provider of smart grid communications, has announced the availability of the TUNet-compatible Itron CENTRON II meter, equipped with Tantalus communication modules.
The meter joins the full suite of Tantalus and Itron compatible products for residential and commercial applications for the municipal and cooperative public power market. The high-performance meter will allow utilities to immediately utilize real-time interval meter reading, outage/restoral notification, voltage data, tamper detection and remote disconnect/reconnect functionality for residential electric customers.
In addition, the new communications module is capable of receiving TUNup over-the-air firmware upgrades. This operational cost-saving feature will be utilized to implement reading support functionality for Itron electric, water, and gas ERT modules, providing a seamless integration between TUNet endpoints, servers, and existing billing systems. This innovation allows electric utilities to preserve their existing investments in handheld and drive by AMR infrastructure.
The robust, bi-directional metering capabilities of the CENTRON II will enable utilities to support advanced programs such as distributed and co-generation applications and dynamic pricing schedules. The remote service disconnect-reconnect switch includes a load sensing feature with full two-way communication, resulting in fewer trips to the field and reduced operational expense. Newly enhanced remote firmware upgrade capabilities will also reduce truck rolls and manual processes while improving system reliability and responsiveness.
"The delivery of the Itron-Tantalus CENTRON II meter represents a significant milestone in the joint partnership," said Tammy Zucco, Tantalus Chief Marketing Officer. "The tremendous level of market demand that we've already seen for this product is another clear indicator of the validity of the partnership and of our collaborative offering for public power."
"With our new joint offering, Itron and Tantalus are delivering true value to the municipal and cooperative public power markets," said Lou Gust, Itron's vice president of Sales and Marketing electricity in North America. "Together, we are supporting the needs of utilities, like Garland Power & Light, with flexible, scalable and economically justifiable solutions."
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