Pulaski Electric selects new AMI communications system

Vancouver, British Columbia, Aug. 27, 2008 — Tantalus announced that Pulaski Electric System (PES) has selected the Tantalus Utility Network (TUNet) for its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications system, which is at the heart of its smart grid program. PES is an electric utility located in southern Tennessee that serves 15,000 electric customers and 5,000 fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) customers of PES Energize.

The Tantalus communications system is designed to give Pulaski the option to use either its existing high-speed FTTH network or 220 MHz RF for two-way, real-time data transport. This would allow PES to drive additional value from its FTTH as well as extend smart grid functionality to outlying areas of the community via the wireless TUNet wide area network.

TUNet is an end-to-end WAN/LAN/HAN data communications system that operates with both RF and IP-based networks including FTTH, Fiber, WiFi, WiMAX and GPRS/cellular. WAN options can be used individually or be combined to meet a utility’s economic, coverage and redundancy needs.

The 900 MHz LAN can enable a utility to precisely monitor consumption and power quality, automatically pinpoint outages and energy losses in real time, and remotely manage meters and other apparatuses, even in urban, rural and industrial environments.

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