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Alberta Utility Chooses Sensus

11 Sep 2012

The City of Medicine Hat (CMH), Alberta, Canada, has selected Sensus to automate metering for the municipality’s electric, gas, and water utility services. CMH is currently commissioning the Sensus FlexNet system for a trial pilot with residential and commercial accounts.

According to Sensus, “the Industry Canada-licensed, full two-way FlexNet system includes seven collector base stations networked with Sensus iCon electric and iPERL water meters, as well as Sensus SmartPoint gas transceivers. Pending the city council approval, CMH would move forward with the project’s second phase of replacing legacy analog equipment with automated meters at each of the 30,000 customer accounts covering an area of 43 square miles (111 km2) in the southeastern part of the province. The system’s point-to-multipoint topology requires less equipment than mesh networks and interfaces with the city’s existing fiber optic network for backhaul.”

Medicine Hat, which sits on large natural gas deposits, owns and operates all power generating and transmission and distribution assets. The project represents Canada’s first implementation of electric, water and gas measurement, monitoring and control over a single networkThe city’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project manager, Dean Stepanic, notes, “Medicine Hat provides very competitive utility rates for customers but we needed to build a modern system for more efficient monitoring, accurate billing and greater conservation. The FlexNet licensed spectrum allows us to automate meter reading and collect critical infrastructure data more securely than with a system based on public spectrum. FlexNet will allow us to expand and introduce more services and capabilities such as distribution automation at some point in the future.”

Advanced water and gas metering has the additional benefits of leak detection and public safety. CMH will perform automated billing and remote monitoring with the new system and may offer voluntary pricing options after full deployment.

Sensus provides smart meters, communication systems, software, and services for the electric, gas, and water industries. For more information, visit