Storm-hardened communication network from Sensus helps utilities weather winter blast

The new year rang in with a bitter, two-week cold snap followed by snowy conditions throughout South Carolina.

Chesterfield County experienced nine days in a row of frigid temperatures, with the daytime high never breaking 37 degrees, and a wintry mix that delivered more than five inches of snow to the southern part of the county.

But the storm-hardened Sensus FlexNet Communication Network from Sensus, a Xylem brand, stood up to Mother Nature and weathered the intense winter conditions.

The FlexNet system is part of the utility’s smart water network that allows them to remotely monitor water usage and pinpoint any problems. The network communicates via dedicated, FCC-licensed spectrum, ensuring secure and reliable data transmissions.

Just three-and-a-half hours farther south, Mount Pleasant Waterworks, also in South Carolina, had a similar experience with the storm-hardened FlexNet system.

Mount Pleasant has about 12,000 smart meters installed and counting. The FlexNet system provides the communications backbone to transmit data seamlessly between the utility and its meters. Using the system, the water provider’s team analyzed data during the Lowcountry’s frigid temperatures in January which pinpointed trouble spots and helped them proactively alert their customers.

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