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Greystone Power upgrades to Sensus smart meter network

Steve Rogerson
March 11, 2020

Atlanta, Georgia, utility GreyStone Power is upgrading from existing mesh technology to the Sensus FlexNet communications network and provide secure, reliable, real-time usage data to its 120,000 members.
As an early adopter of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), GreyStone realised the benefits it could provide members in terms of pre-billing and understanding their energy usage. Now, the cooperative will turn its eye to innovation once again and offer its 120,000 members an upgrade to a smart utility network from North Carolina-based Sensus.
“We invested in AMI ten years ago, and metering technology has advanced by leaps and bounds since that time,” said David Johnson, vice president of operations at GreyStone Power. “We identified an opportunity with Sensus to enhance our capabilities and deliver better service to our members.”
The cooperative’s smart utility network will include Stratus IQ residential electricity meters and an upgrade from its existing mesh technology to the FlexNet communication network. The FlexNet point-to-multipoint system provides secure, reliable, real-time usage data over FCC-licensed spectrum. GreyStone will use the power of Sensus analytics to glean actionable insights from meter data delivered across the network.
“We expect the speed and reliability of the FlexNet network to deliver data we can use to help our members make smart decisions about their energy use,” said Johnson.
The modernisation will take place over the next three years.
Sensus, which was taken over by Xylem in 2016, 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.
Xylem is a water technology company. Its products and services move, treat, analyse, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services. Xylem also provides a portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics for water, electric and gas utilities.
The company has more than 16,000 employees and is headquartered in Rye Brook, New York, with 2019 revenue of $5.25bn. Xylem does business in more than 150 countries.