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IPL picks Landis+Gyr for metering expansion

Steve Rogerson
May 19, 2020



Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) has selected Landis+Gyr for advanced metering expansion and an IoT capable network. The contract includes deployment of 350,000 meters, network expansion and managed services.
 
This will expand the utility's smart grid programme and pave the way for implementation of more energy management technologies in the future.
 
The contract includes the addition of 350,000 advanced meters and updated network infrastructure to IPL's existing AMI programme. Landis+Gyr will continue to provide network and meter management services, along with software hosting. IPL also uses Landis+Gyr's meter data management system, load management system and operating software.
 
"We strive to keep our customers better informed and provide a higher degree of reliability," said Joe Bentley, IPL senior vice president. “This expanded relationship with Landis+Gyr allows enhanced meter capabilities to identify, respond and communicate outage information better than ever and expand our technology capabilities to better manage the next wave of energy challenges. This contract builds on the work we started in 2013 to expand AMI in our service territory and brings with it the potential for new customer engagement services."
 
IPL will deploy Gridstream Connect network infrastructure capable of supporting existing metering and load control devices, while enabling technologies such as Landis+Gyr's Revelo metering platform. This grid technology amplifies the quality and amount of data available for both distribution management and consumer control of their energy use, providing integration of renewable resources, low-cost energy management tools for consumers and improved quality of service.
 
"Our relationship with IPL goes back over 20 years and includes providing managed services for AMI, load management and support for consumer engagement in energy efficiency programmes," said Eric Seiter, vice president at Landis+Gyr. “This new deployment will build on that foundation and help IPL leverage the latest IoT technology for utility applications in the future.”
 
The Gridstream Connect platform features Wi-Sun certified components to enable end-to-end interoperability and IoT capabilities to the grid. Combined with meters, sensors and software applications, the system allows seamless operation of smart grid and consumer-side energy management programmes.
 
IPL provides retail electric service to more than 500,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Indianapolis, as well as portions of other central Indiana communities surrounding Marion County.
 
With sales of $1.7bn, Landis+Gyr employs approximately 5800 people in more than 30 countries across five continents.