ATLANTA, GA., August 24, 2004 — GE Energy has announced that its kV2c polyphase meter has been equipped with Hunt Technologies’ TS2 automatic meter reading (AMR) technology. This is the first mass deployable power line communication-based polyphase AMR solution with the ability to perform direct register reads of over 220 data values. It benefits the utility, as it is not required to select specific data values at the time of order and has the flexibility to define specific data packets at any time.
The GE kV2/kV2c, equipped with Hunt Technologies’ TS2 Endpoint Transceiver, is designed to provide internal AMR capability to GE’s family of polyphase commercial and industrial meters. The Hunt Technologies’ Transceiver is an option board that replaces the telephone modem and occupies the modem card slot in the meter. By using Hunt Technologies’ bi-directional power line carrier technology, utilities can take advantage of the flexibility that the GE kV2 / kV2c meter offers, without having to invest in additional communication infrastructure.
“With this technology, utilities can offer customers a greater level of service,” stated Ricardo Artigas, president of energy services for GE Energy. “Not only will they be able to monitor usage on a daily basis, but they will also be able to monitor the power quality values that are important to their customers, contributing to a higher quality of service.”
Hunt Technologies’ Command Centerà¢â€ž- Software user interface was designed to make the programming transition from GE’s MeterMate software as easy as possible. Common terminology between the two packages affords customers increased productivity in the form of a short learning curve, reduced programming errors and the ability to make programming changes remotely-without a trip to the field.
Hunt Technologies employs innovative technology to deliver an endpoint information system that increases operational efficiency while optimizing the utility investment dollar. To date, 4 million endpoints have been deployed and are actively collecting information to enhance utility performance.
About GE Energy
GE Energy (www.gepower.com) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technology, with 2003 revenues of nearly $18.5 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy provides equipment, service and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, transmission and distribution, distributed power and energy rental industries.