Ontario awards smart grid funding to dTechs

Toronto, June 11, 2012 — dTechs won smart grid funding from Canada's minister of energy in Ontario for its project with Oakville Hydro, a mid-sized Ontario electric distribution utility.

The Oakville Hydro project consists of the installation of 225 high resolution wireless meters on the medium voltage supply monitoring about 16,000 customer endpoints in Oakville, Ontario. dTechs monitoring allows for full system monitoring of power usage.

The dTechs MeterSuite is an advanced wireless metering system created to help electric distribution utilities directly address grid management, outage management, line-loss reduction and power theft. The dTechs MeterSuite finds, immediately notifies and directs utilities to the location of system outages and atypical consumption.

This includes electricity theft, unsafe high consumption and poor infrastructure areas (e.g. aged transformer equipment and poor distribution lines). The dTechs metering hardware installs quickly and seamlessly in the grid, measuring flow in real time at the most efficient location (medium voltage).

The smart grid fund provides targeted financial support to Ontario-based demonstration projects that test, develop and bring to market the next generation of smart grid solutions.

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