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Honeywell upgrades US utilities

Steve Rogerson
October 10, 2017
 
Honeywell is providing smart meters, software and communication networks that will help two US municipal utilities upgrade from a traditional grid to smart grid infrastructure.
 
The utilities that will use the EnergyAxis smart grid system are Hope in Arkansas and Fayetteville in Tennessee. This will help them take a step towards becoming connected utilities by realising the benefits of an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), including reduced operating expenses, enhanced data analytics for better grid management and improved reliability.
 
AMI systems also help utilities serve customers through frequently updated billing data, greater convenience during move-in and move-outs, and faster recovery from power outages.
 
“As a municipal utility, we have a responsibility to city leadership, constituents and taxpayers, as well as to our customers,” said Steve Saum, general manager of Hope Water & Light Commission. “We strive every day to provide the best and most reliable utility service possible, as well as applying practices and technology that help us manage operational costs.”
 
Each utility uses enterprise-wide smart grid software from NISC to leverage the power of the EnergyAxis data through the MultiSpeak Specification version 4.1 for standards-based data transfer.
 
Saum said the choice of Honeywell as a smart metering provider was based on the capabilities of the technology, its ability to provide a platform that used the MultiSpeak 4.1 specification to interact with the products offered by NISC, smart grid experience, and a thorough consideration of the alternatives.
 
Britt Dye, CEO and general manager of Fayetteville Public Utilities, added: “Building on the legacy of innovation we established by becoming one of the first counties in Tennessee to bring electricity to its residents, we look forward to providing the benefits and performance of a smart grid to our customers throughout Lincoln County. Through EnergyAxis, Honeywell has provided a comprehensive and unified AMI platform for electricity, water and gas that will support the on-going delivery of excellent services to our customers.”
 
Each utility will own and operate the EnergyAxis system, including the network communications and connected smart meters and modules. The electricity meters will provide data on customer energy consumption to enable more accurate billing, and help detect meter tampering and outages for faster power restoration. Two-way communications and embedded intelligence enable electricity, water and gas meters to transmit data to the utility, as well as accept instructions and respond to requests from utility departments or customer service.
 
“We are excited to provide our EnergyAxis smart grid solution to Hope and Fayetteville as they rapidly move from traditional grid infrastructure to a connected utility model built on a smart grid,” said Gary Bennett, vice president at Honeywell. “Our field-proven EnergyAxis offers an end-to-end AMI option for utilities, including smaller utilities, helping them to bring the benefits of a connected, smart grid to their customers and perform at the highest level.”
 
Both utilities are receiving EnergyAxis connected electricity meters, communications network and system management technology, as well as monitoring and data analytics capabilities.
 
Hope Water & Light Commission is deploying smart electricity meters and water meters and modules with a fixed communications network infrastructure that leverages existing assets owned by Hope. Honeywell is delivering the system as a turnkey operation including the Connexo NetSense network management software, hardware, installation, training and on-going customer support services.
 
Fayetteville Public Utilities provides electricity, gas, water, wastewater, and cable, internet and VoIP services to the 33,000 residents of Lincoln County. Honeywell is providing a turnkey deployment including installation. The project includes smart electricity meters, smart gas and water modules, Connexo NetSense software, and network communications infrastructure.
 
Honeywell provides complete smart grid and energy management that drives energy efficiency, operational improvements and cost savings for utilities, commercial and industrial customers, and consumers. The company has more than 130 utility-managed EnergyAxis deployments worldwide, including 53 public utilities in the USA and 27 city-owned utilities in Canada.