Legacy Power Lines Now Upgraded with TUNEt's Distributed Computing Capability

By CIOReview | Tuesday, December 8, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C.: People’s Energy Cooperative, an electric cooperative utility in Minnesota selects Tantalus Systems to deploy an IP-based network for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). People Energy Cooperative implements applications that are operationally efficient and provide energy management tools. It focuses on upgrading the legacy power line carrier systems.

TUNEt, the RF AMI network platform supports advanced functionalities like disconnected remote meters, pro-active outage notification and prepay metering to control the signal range and frequency. The wireless platform possesses distributed computing capability and uses a multi-core, Linux-based operating system with 32MB of memory in every communications module. These modules are designated to run parallel processes and simultaneous applications like load management, Closed Loop Voltage Reduction (CLVR) and Distribution Automation. People’s Energy Cooperative can now provide reliable and reasonable priced energy services.

In another instance, with the help of Tantalus, Michigan state utility Coldwater, , adopted new water and electrical meter reading systems to redeploy the meter reading employees to other functions within the utility. They installed water and electric smart meters in which Tantalus Utility Network reads data from the Encoder Receiver Transmitter (ERT) of nearby legacy AMR meters and sends it to a central base. The smart meters transmit the data through CBPU (Coldwater Board of Public Utilities) fiber of telecom systems to a central computer via private, closed, 800 megahertz radio system that reports to collector nodes; largely avoiding the cost of replacing AMR meters.