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Sensus launches Stratus electric meter portfolio


June 23, 2015 – With its new metering technology, Sensus says electric utilities and municipalities can step up when it comes to their roles in leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) to balance supply and demand, restore service faster following outages and encourage consumers to conserve electricity.

Combined with true two-way communications on the Sensus FlexNet network, the Sensus Stratus residential meter allows utilities and municipalities to configure, upgrade and customize the meter’s electricity management platform.

Some of the meter safety features include a redesigned power supply for increased over-voltage protection and better transient performance, isolated components and patented and patent-pending heat identification and protection, Sensus noted.

Utilities select certain smart meters as representative—or bellwether—meters in their service area that allows them to continuously monitor the health of the system, solve problems and predict energy demand.

“Typically, bellwether meters are subjectively and manually selected by humans, but with Stratus, the customer can remotely monitor the system and use data to anticipate or avoid service delivery and power outage issues,” said Greg Myers, vice-president of marketing. “This is a quantum leap forward in resiliency and real-world example of the Internet of Things in action.”

The new Stratus meter is available in form 2S Remote Disconnect and supports multiple applications including outage management, opt-in, opt-out and conservation voltage reduction. Other meter forms will be available in the future, the company said.