People’s Energy Cooperative hires Tantalus for advanced metering infrastructure


People’s Energy Cooperative, an electric cooperative utility in Minnesota, selected Tantalus Systems to deploy a hybrid IP-based network to support advanced metering infrastructure.

People’s Energy is among hundreds of cooperative utilities across the country faced with the need to replace aging power line carrier systems due to increasing data requirements associated with sophisticated energy management applications.

The new wireless RF AMI network will leverage signal range and frequency agility to serve as a platform to support advanced functionality including remote meter disconnects, outage notification and prepay metering.

Tantalus’ smart grid enterprise platform, TUNet, includes embedded distributed computing capability, using a multi-core, Linux-based operating system with 32 MB of memory in every communications module. These modules are field-proven and capable of running parallel processes and simultaneous advanced applications such as load management, CLVR (closed loop voltage reduction) and distribution automation.

TUNet can be deployed as an overlay system for utilities with existing AMR assets, such as PLC or ERT (encoder receiver transmitter) technology that have yet to be fully depreciated. 

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