Tantalus wins bid for AMI communications network at Gainesville Regional Utilities

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) picked Tantalus for a strategic deployment of an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications network and applications for its customers in north central Florida.

GRU will begin initial deployment of the Tantalus Utility Network along with Itron CENTRON II advanced meters to support a wide range of integrated applications such as remote disconnect/reconnect, consumer energy portals, proactive outage management, distribution automation (DA), and voltage monitoring. TUNet will also collect data from water and gas meters equipped with Itron communication modules that are a part of an existing deployment.

GRU will use a network design that will leverage a WiMAX backhaul for WAN and 900 MHz for LAN communications to TUNet devices and Itron communication modules and advanced meters. TUNet will collect all energy data for real-time broadband transport to the utility head end, where it can be integrated with existing third party applications such as OMS, CIS, GIS, and billing software.

TUNet will also be used to facilitate wireless broadband two-way communication to existing DA devices in the field, which will help improve system reliability and enhance power quality throughout GRU’s service territory.

Further, GRU will use AMI to automatically and remotely collect water and gas reads from existing Itron communication modules as well as deliver alarms and tampering notifications from TUNet-enabled Itron advanced meters.

Deployment will begin later this summer and will initially target new construction apartment complexes near the University of Florida. GRU will initially utilize TUNet’s remote disconnect/reconnect features to turn service on and off to these high activity accounts from the office, effectively streamlining operations and reducing operations and maintenance costs for the utility.

Itron and Tantalus collaborate to offer a joint migration path to two-way AMI for municipal and cooperative utilities in North and South America and the Caribbean. GRU joins the rapidly growing domestic and international Itron-Tantalus customer base which includes utilities like Inland Power & Light (IPL), Fleming-Mason Energy (FME) and Guyana Power & Light (GPL).

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