Elster and Augusta Systems partner to enhance smart grid reliability

Raleigh, N.C., September 21, 2009 — Elster, a smart metering and smart grid systems firm, and Augusta Systems, a technology provider to the utility industry, said Augusta has joined Elster’s advanced grid infrastructure initiative.

The initiative is a collaborative effort between utilities, Elster, and key technology providers to modernize and improve the operation and reliability of utility distribution networks.

Through the partnership, utilities can use Augusta Systems EdgeFrontier solution to provide advanced integration and policy management for smart grid networks built upon Elster’s EnergyAxis smart metering and smart grid system platform.

In addition, Elster and Augusta Systems will collaborate to develop integrated solutions for utilities focused on leveraging Elster and Augusta Systems products to support electricity reliability and distribution grid management requirements.

Elster’s EnergyAxis System provides standards based multi-technology solutions that support improved monitoring and control necessary for the smart grid. EnergyAxis improves overall grid reliability and performance by enabling utilities to place communicating sensors and control devices at strategic points on the distribution system that were not cost effective or accessible historically.

EdgeFrontier products from Augusta Systems support integration and normalization of data, events and control functions from diverse devices, systems and networks, regardless of manufacturer or protocol and configuration of event or policy-based actions through a policy engine.

For smart grid deployments, this includes smart meters and systems, line monitoring devices and systems, transformer monitoring devices, substation security devices, substation automation systems, reclosers, switches and other devices and systems.

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