Tollgrade, ELO Sistemas Eletronicos form smart grid venture at DistribuTECH Brasil

Tollgrade Communications Inc. and ELO Sistemas Eletrônicos (ELO), one of the largest meter manufacturers in Latin America, announced at DistribuTECH Brasil that they have signed a strategic agreement to bring increased reliability, visibility and modernization to the electric grid throughout Brazil and the other rapidly growing countries in Latin America.

Under the terms of the agreement, ELO will offer and sell Tollgrade’s LightHouse distribution monitoring platform, consisting of medium voltage smart grid sensors and sensor management software (SMS) with predictive grid analytics. The LightHouse solution augments ELO’s existing product portfolio to provide an end-to-end solution that provides visibility to better pinpoint faults and outages that extend from the meter to the substation.

“We chose to partner with Tollgrade because they are the leader in providing inductively powered smart grid sensors with predictive analytics,” said Marcos Rizzo, vice president of business development of ELO. “This solution will allow us to improve reliability beyond the meter by monitoring the grid health conditions of the millions of miles of largely unmonitored feeder networks that connect cities and stretch out into rural areas of Brazil and Latin America.”

According to the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), 90 percent of outages occur on the distribution network. The LightHouse solution, which is deployed outside substations and along feeders on the distribution network, helps utilities increase reliability, reduce outages and achieve outage restoration by providing the real-time grid health information needed to troubleshoot some of the leading causes of power outages.

Tollgrade’s library of fault events, outage detection and load planning data all in one software package provides the intelligence utilities need to restore outages, and to better understand the causes of outages on the distribution network.

“Brazil is a global leader in smart grid deployment and ELO is a key leader in the region’s charge toward grid modernization,” said Erik Christian, vice president smart grid at Tollgrade Communications. “Our solution helps utilities restore power after outages faster and more affordably, which will in turn help Brazil to lead the region and the world in providing a reliable and affordable supply of energy to support its rapidly growing economy.”

Tollgrade will demonstrate their LightHouse solution at ELO’s booth #505 during the DistribuTECH Brazil conference which is taking place at the Transamerica Expo Center in São Paulo, Brazil from Sept 24 — 26, 2013. 

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