ABB and Sensus partner on smart grid solutions

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Raleigh, N.C., March 23, 2010 – Power and automation technology company ABB, and Sensus, a provider of technology solutions that enable energy, announced a new partnership that will allow the two companies to collaborate on delivering enhanced smart grid solutions to customers.

The move combines ABB’s broad expertise in low voltage and medium voltage distribution automation systems and network management solutions with Sensus’ FlexNetT advanced smart grid communication platform and supporting software. These smart grid solutions are built upon proven integrations already delivered together by Sensus and ABB.

For example, Sensus has already integrated ABB distribution automation devices over a network into ABB Network Manager SCADA and DMS systems.

“ABB is committed to partnering with leading AMI and advanced metering system providers to develop world-class, standards-based smart grid solutions,” said Enrique Santacana, president and CEO of ABB in North America. “We are pleased to take our partnership with Sensus to a new level and continue integrating our distribution automation solutions with Sensus’ FlexNet technology to make the emerging smart grid a reality.”

Utility customers will benefit from a broad set of smart grid applications based on the combined strengths of both ABB and Sensus. Such applications include: fault detection, isolation and restoration (FDIR), VoltVar optimization, and the extension of ABB Network Manager SCADA to feeder devices such as advanced sensors.

“Sensus and ABB offer complementary smart grid solutions to electric utilities, enabling customers to benefit from integrated solutions from two powerhouse technology providers,” said Peter Mainz, Sensus president and CEO.

ABB and Sensus have been working together to test and develop smart solutions that address the needs of utilities, both short-term in light of the challenging environmental conditions, and in the long run as utilities experience greater demands for energy and the need for grid modernization.

This partnership was simultaneously announced at DistribuTECH, a major annual transmission and distribution conference and exhibition held this year in Tampa, Florida.

Sensus is a provider of technology solutions that enable the conservation of water and energy.


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