Black Hills Power has selected Sixnet’s IndustrialPro cellular routers to provide wireless backhaul connectivity for the utility’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project. The AMI collects data from smart meters at more than 69,000 customer sites over a 3G cellular network, enabling Black Hills to remotely monitor energy consumption and maximize power availability. Black Hills’ AMI initiative began the meter deployment in June 2010
Rick Dobbe, Black Hills Power communications engineer, notes, “Previously, we checked electric meters manually, which was a time-consuming process that involved a great deal of driving and home visits. The security, performance and reliability of Sixnet’s rugged cellular routers give us real-time access to data so that we can remotely monitor energy use, outage and restoration notifications and alarms over our Verizon 3G network, helping us to conserve costs while increasing productivity.”
Sixnet’s IndustrialPro routers, which provide cellular connectivity to remote locations and devices such as meters, sensors, or remote terminal units (RTU) in industrial environments, are managed by Sixnet’s SixView Manager. The solution enables remote management, configuration and monitoring of multiple devices from a single console.
Scott Killian, director of sales for Sixnet/Red Lion calls the Black Hills Power AMI program “an ambitious project that required a wireless solution that was not only secure and reliable, but also easy to deploy. Sixnet’s industrial wireless routers combined with our SixView Manager software make it easy to install, configure and monitor remote units so that organizations can proactively utilize 3G networks for innovative applications such as smart meters.”
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Black Hills Power serves 69,000 customers in 25 communities in western South Dakota, northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana. For more information, visit www.blackhillscorp.com.
Sixnet provides machine-to-machine (M2M) industrial networking solutions that integrate wireless, automation and switching technologies. For more information, visit www.sixnet.com.