Elster REXUniversal Meter Platform Supports New IEEE Standard
— Advanced Radio and Communications Processor in Compliance with IEEE 802.15.4g —
RALEIGH, N.C., May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Elster (NYSE: ELT), a global leader in advanced metering technology and Smart Grid solutions, announced today that its REXUniversal meter, the world's first integrated universal meter and radio platform, complies with the recently published 4g amendment to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.15 standard. Elster is the first in the industry to provide an interoperable 802.15.4g-based meter and communications platform, eliminating the need for proprietary communication option boards.
"As a leading provider of innovative Smart Grid solutions, Elster is committed to supporting industry standards that enable open and advanced products for our customers," said Ed Myszka, president, Elster Solutions. "With the REXUniversal meter, Elster is continuing to offer true system interoperability and enabling the future of global Smart Grid platforms."
Elster is helping the industry take a significant first step toward creating an open, non-proprietary standard for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communication. As one of the leaders driving standards adoption, Elster has the proven technology built that is in compliance with the new standard. This compliance demonstrates Elster's diligence in pioneering universal hardware for AMI deployments.
Designed with advanced capabilities, Elster's REXUniversal meter platform allows EnergyAxis® and other Smart Grid vendors' 900 MHz radio frequency (RF) mesh communications to run natively on the identical REXUniversal meter hardware with integrated communications, economically delivering meter and network flexibility to utilities.
With the ability to quickly and cost-effectively migrate endpoints to different communication systems, utilities have greater flexibility to change or upgrade networks to meet the new 4g standard and other 900 MHz RF mesh Smart Grid communications systems.
The amended standard, commonly known as Smart Utility Networks (SUN), is a physical layer (PHY) amendment to the existing low power, personal area network (LoPAN) 802.15 standard. The revised 802.15 standard, with the 4g amendment, is available on the IEEE's website.
Elster (NYSE: ELT) is one of the world's largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers. Its offerings include distribution monitoring and control, advanced smart metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services – key components for enabling consumer choice, operational efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by utilities in the traditional and emerging Smart Grid markets.
Elster has one of the most extensive installed revenue measurement bases in the world, with more than 200 million metering devices deployed over the course of the last 10 years. It sells its products and services in more than 130 countries across electricity, gas, water and multi-utility applications for residential, commercial and industrial, and transmission and distribution applications.
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