Texas coop to deploy FlexNet network, 24,000 meters

Raleigh, N.C., June 28, 2012 ­— San Bernard Electric Cooperative, Inc. has chosen the Sensus FlexNet system as the foundational technology for a comprehensive communications network that the utility will deploy to help ensure excellent service for its 16,000 members. The co-op serves a seven-county territory near Houston, Texas.

SBEC moved ahead on a formal agreement for full deployment of 24,000 Sensus iCon meters and six base stations beginning in February 2012 after a successful pilot. SBEC personnel have thus far deployed 9,000 electric meters with completion projected for the end of this year.

The Sensus FlexNet solution offered SBEC a number of options that were beyond the reach of its existing advanced meter reading configuration, such as compatibility with its outage management and customer information systems. The secure, licensed spectrum frequency also enables the Bellville, Texas, utility to better cope with interfering frequencies that often accompany major metropolitan regions.

Assisting in the research was the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, which partnered with Sensus last year to recommend to its members a wireless communications solution that automates meter reads, reduces truck rolls and receives real-time notification of outages for faster service restoration.

San Bernard Electric Cooperative, Inc., of Bellville, Texas, has about 3,600 miles of line serving about 25,000 meters in eight Texas counties — Austin, Colorado, Lavaca, Waller, Montgomery, Harris, Grimes and Fayette.

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