Memphis, Tennessee is known for rock ‘n roll and slow-cooked barbeque, but those aren’t the only good things coming out of Bluff City. Soon, residents will enjoy the perks of a successful smart grid rollout, too. In an effort to modernize the grid and enhance internal operations and customer service, Memphis Light, Gas and Water is deploying 1 million smart meters within its 784 square mile service area.
ABB has been selected to provide wireless network products and services to support advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications. This two-way technology is the foundation of the smart grid. Communication allows for data to be collected on both sides of the meter – customer and supplier – with the understanding that the knowledge is actionable. AMI can alert operations to meter failures, improve billing accuracy, speed up outage restoration and reduce maintenance costs.
Previous successful deployments of ABB wireless networks for AMI backhaul include Silicon Valley Power, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities and Idaho Falls Power. To read more about the Memphis deployment, you can access the press release here.