Vancouver, BC, June 2, 2009 — Tantalus Systems Corp. signed a contract with Chattanooga EPB to deploy the Tantalus Utility Network (TUNet) using the city’s fiber optic smart grid for automatic meter reading, outage management and other applications.
EPB is building their fiber optic Smart Grid to provide more options for customers to manage their energy use while improving operational efficiency and reliability. Tantalus will provide the software and communications equipment to operate an automated meter system for EPB’s smart grid.
Installation is scheduled to start this summer at houses located in the initial fiber optic Smart Grid footprint. Within five years, EPB expects that all of its 168,000 residential and business customers will receive smart meters. TUNet uses a wireless Local Area Network to communicate with endpoints not directly connected to the fiber network. Data delivered via TUNet can be integrated into utility applications including billing, outage management, forecasting and a host of customer service systems.
A non-profit agency of the City of Chattanooga, EPB was established in 1935 and is a publicly-owned provider of electric power serving more than 168,000 residents and businesses in a 600 square-mile area.