Navasota Valley Electric Cooperative (NVEC) has announced plans to install the Sensus FlexNet utility communications network for its approximate 13,000 members. NVEC services nine counties in central Texas. The co-op will initiate a three-month pilot program this autumn with residential iCon A electric meters and two base stations, eventually replacing all of its more than 18,000 meters with Sensus technology.
The Sensus FlexNet utility network is based on open standards and will provide a foundation for future outage management capabilities with NVEC’s Milsoft system and will integrate with the cooperative’s existing Daffron customer information system. NVEC chose the Sensus AMI technology for a rural environment that stretches more than 5,000 milesNVEC’s Kayla Sanders of Member Services says, “We chose to implement the Sensus FlexNet system at the recommendation of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC). Their recommendation, along with that of comparable cooperatives in the area, assured us that the licensed spectrum and point-to-multipoint network would be ideal for reaching our rural members.”
Sanders also notes that NVEC’s current power line carrier (PLC) system no longer represented the best option for its members and that the Sensus technology offered reliability along with system versatility.
Headquartered in Franklin, Texas, NVEC was organized in 1941 to provide local, consumer-owned electricity to rural areas not serviced by large, private power companies. NVEC provides service to more than 18,000 meters over parts of nine counties.
Sensus provides smart meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric, gas, and water industries, with applications that include advanced meter reading, data acquisition, demand response, distribution automation, home area networking and outdoor lighting control. For more information, visit www.sensus.com.