Snohomish County PUD has selected Sensus, a Xylem brand, as the meter and communication technology provider for its Connect Up program. The PUD’s Board of Commissioners recently approved the contract with Xylem.
“At the conclusion of a detailed and thorough selection process, Sensus stood out as the best fit solution and the selection was unanimous,” said Mark Flury, PUD’s Connect Up Program Director. “We are excited about working with Sensus to build a safe, secure and reliable advanced metering network.”
Sensus will provide its FlexNet® communication network, a point-to-multi-point solution that delivers reliable customer usage data from advanced meters and sensors. FlexNet operates over a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensed spectrum. The network will significantly decrease the maintenance of the PUD’s infrastructure.
“This deployment empowers Snohomish County PUD to operate more efficiently and sustainably under one smart technology network,” said Mike McGann, Vice President, Sensus Americas, Global Engineering & Assessment Services. “Our solution provides the right data at the right time to optimize electric and water system operations, reduce maintenance costs and improve customer service."
FlexNet supports multiple applications on a single network, seamlessly managing the PUD’s electric, water and distribution automation (DA) requirements.
“Sensus agreed to PUD’s requirements for network performance and reliability along with functional requirements for meter read intervals, on-demand reads, and remote disconnects and reconnects,” said Jeff Colon, who represented the PUD in the selection and contract negotiation process.
The PUD will have multiple options for sourcing future meters as Sensus supports not only its own Stratus IQTM meters, but also Aclara and Honeywell meters.
The PUD will contract with three additional companies to implement its Connect Up program. The remaining vendors will focus on the meter data management system, integration with the PUD’s other enterprise systems, and a work order management system for the meter exchange process.
The PUD’s Connect Up program is an infrastructure and technology project that will deploy new metering technology to deliver an array of added benefits for customers and the PUD. Deployment of new meters is expected to begin in 2023. To learn more about Connect Up, click here.
Sensus, a Xylem brand, provides remotely-managed products and solutions that deliver the right data at the right time for investor-owned utilities, cooperatives and municipalities. As part of Xylem’s digital portfolio, our smart devices connect with a variety of communication technologies to help customers make timely decisions that optimize electric, gas and water systems. Learn more at sensus.com.