Smart meter specialist Landis+Gyr (Zug, Switzerland) has been chosen to help build a smart grid on the island of Guam.
The Guam Power Authority (GPA), which provides electric power across the US territory, plans to deploy more than 52,000 advanced meters over the next two years.
It plans to use Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream RF network as a backbone for possible communication with other grid devices and home area network applications in the future.
The meters themselves are to incorporate integrated service switch and ZigBee capabilities.
Besides the operational and engineering benefits, GPA hopes the smart grid will allow it to provide consumer services, such as pre-pay, that use the advanced metering network. It also expects to benefit from Gridstream’s ability to remotely operate and monitor other meters and network devices.
“We have been working directly with GPA over the past two years to help identify the ways Gridstream can meet their long-term needs,” said Abe Ortega, vice president of international sales and marketing at Landis+Gyr, in a statement. “GPA will have many options for using smart grid solutions to impact customer service, improve efficiency and manage operating costs.”
GPA serves more than 49,000 customers throughout Guam. It claims to have 550 megawatts of generation capacity, maintain 663 miles of transmission and distribution lines and operate 29 substations.
Owned by Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo, Japan), Landis+Gyr has annual sales of more than $1.5 billion and now operates in 30 countries.