ABB, a provider of power and automation technologies, said yesterday that it has been selected to provide wireless network products and services to support the deployment of smart meters across the City of Memphis, Tennessee, in the US.
The introduction of smart meters is expected to improve efficiency of electricity, water and gas supplies and mitigate loss and theft. The wireless network will support advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications, covering an area of around 2030 square kilometers (sq km) and will collect data from nearly 1 million smart meters, the company said.
Previous successful deployments of ABB wireless networks for AMI backhaul include Silicon Valley Power, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities and Idaho Falls Power. In addition to AMI, ABB’s wireless networks support multiple additional applications for distribution automation, substation automation, physical security and mobile workforce automation.
“Our advanced wireless solution will support the deployment of smart metering infrastructure and enable more efficient distribution of electricity, water and gas to the citizens of Memphis,” said Massimo Danieli, Managing Director of ABB’s Grid Automation business unit, a part of the company’s Power Grids division.
“This is another example of how ABB is facilitating the increased automation of power networks to enable a smarter grid – a key element of our Next Level strategy,” he added.
ABB is involved in several smart grid projects around the world, enabling various aspects of smart grids from e-mobility and energy storage to network management, metering and communication, distribution automation and building automation systems.