Leidos ramps up smart grid as a service business

Leidos has flagged a number of major deals with US utilities for its smart grid as a service (SGS) offering.

The technology player said the City of Kings Mountain, NC, had recently awarded it a ten-year contract for the second phase of an SGS deployment.

After rolling out 1,200 meters as part of a pilot, Leidos (Reston, VA, USA) is to deploy meters over Kings Mountain’s entire service area during the second phase of the project.

Once deployment is complete, Kings Mountain will have more than 11,000 electric, water and gas meters supported by the SGS solution.

The tie-up makes Kings Mountain the first utility providing electric, gas and water services to have moved forwards with the Leidos SGS program.

The City of Gastonia, NC has also awarded Leidos an SGS contract.

Working with Gastonia, Leidos is to deploy smart electric meters for residential, commercial and industrial customers in a pilot scheduled for completion in June.

In total, Gastonia serves more than 26,000 customers with electricity and water services.

Both awards come only weeks after Leidos secured a follow-on contract with United Power, a rural electric cooperative in Colorado, to deploy an additional 20,000 meters as part of an SGS service.

“Our SGS offering allows municipal and cooperative utilities like Gastonia, Kings Mountain, and United Power access to the latest technologies in an offering they can afford without raising customer’s rates,” said Jim Moos, the president of the engineering solutions group for Leidos. “We’re helping utilities upgrade their systems now while advancing a smarter grid for tomorrow.”

Leidos describes the SGS offering as a cloud-based, end-to-end managed services solution for utilities.

Besides including hardware and software components for advanced metering infrastructure, the offering also features two portals – one allowing the utility to operate the system and the other enabling consumers to monitor and manage their consumption.

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