Toronto picks Aclara STAR Network System for advanced metering

St. Louis, January 26, 2010 – The City of Toronto, Canada, has selected the STAR Network system from Aclara RF Systems Inc., part of ESCO Technologies, as its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for water.

Aclara will supply the STAR system to Toronto under a contract with Neptune Technology Group Ltd., a part of Roper Industries Inc., which will serve as the prime contractor.

When fully installed, the fixed-network technology is expected to read about 465,000 water meters.

The city joins over 100 customers, from large cities such as New York, San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. to smaller municipalities such as Leesburg, Va.; Ann Arbor, Mich., and Beverly Hills, Calif., that employ the innovative STAR Network system to enhance operations and improve customer satisfaction. The system is expected to be deployed over a six-year period beginning in the middle of 2010.

“Aclara will provide Toronto with the leading-edge technology it needs to give its citizens access to the critical information they need to make more responsible use of water,” said Gary Moore, president of Aclara RF Systems Inc.

“What’s more, our relationship with Toronto further solidifies Aclara’s leadership role in providing AMI to the water industry. We look forward to working with the talented people at City Of Toronto to deliver this valuable technology to its customers today and into the future.”

The STAR Network system delivers robust data communications on secure, licensed, radio frequencies. The fixed-network solution efficiently and automatically provides timely data, empowering utilities to maximize meter functionality and provide superior customer service.

Accurate and timely billing, high/low consumption reporting, and non-revenue water loss detection are just a few of the AMR benefits the STAR Network system can provide – all at a low system cost with manageable operating expenses.

The Aclara STAR Network has been successfully deployed by companies ranging from small municipal water systems to large investor-owned gas utilities.


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