ABB and Sensus Demonstrate Integrated Smart Grid System for Power Distribution
Smart Grid enablers on display at FERC Technology day in Washington, DC
Raleigh, North Carolina, June 4, 2009- ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced that it has partnered with Sensus, a leading provider of high-value advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and metering system solutions to utilities worldwide, to successfully demonstrate system interface of ABB's latest Network Manager Distribution Management System (DMS) and COM600 distribution substation controller, with Sensus' FlexNet® and iCon A meter, for advanced Smart Grid applications.
The successful interface was first showcased in April at a special Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Technology Day held in Washington, DC.
This success is a part of ongoing ABB and Sensus efforts to develop smart solutions that address the needs of utilities in today's constantly changing business environment. Smart Grid data management enables utilities to manage electrical distribution systems more reliably and efficiently by accessing distribution system data that enhances both the use of system automation and control room operator decision making.
"ABB believes the integration of standards-based smart metering technologies with distribution automation is essential for the successful deployment of the Smart Grid and its future interoperability," said Gary Rackliffe, vice president of Smart Grid Development at ABB. "ABB is pleased to be working with Sensus and its powerful FlexNet technology to make the Smart Grid a reality."
The demonstration marks another milestone in the ongoing efforts of both ABB and Sensus to develop Smart Grid solutions that fully address the needs of utilities in today's business environment. The Sensus FlexNet system provides state-of-the-art AMI communications that facilitates the convergence and tight integration of smart meter data with distribution automation (DA) to create smart grid data management systems.
"Sensus is committed to partnering with leading Distribution Automation system providers to develop innovative standards-based Smart Grid solutions," said Bill Yeates, executive vice president of Solutions at Sensus. "The successful demonstration of Sensus' FlexNet system and its ability to communicate with and deliver meaningful smart metering data to ABB's COM600 station controller and its Network Manager DMS system is one more step towards the realization of the Smart Grid."
ABB's vast offering acts as smart-grid enablers, include advanced electrical and control solutions for power plants, HVDC (High Voltage direct Current) and FACTS (flexible AC transmission systems) technologies, advanced substation and distribution automation systems, integrated control centers and a range of network management solutions including SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) and related applications.
Sensus is a leading provider of high-value advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and metering system solutions to utilities around the world. The FlexNet system provides state-of-the-art AMI communications that facilitate the convergence and integration of smart meter data with distribution automation (DA) to create smart grid data management systems.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people. The company's North American operations, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, employ about 15,000 people in 20 manufacturing and other major facilities.
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