Glen Canyon Corporation, a provider of low-cost smart meters and AMI solutions to electric utilities, has teamed up with low power wide area network provider Sigfox to connect 1 million meters in the coming year.
Glen Canyon has already installed more than 20 million meters in China, Africa and the USA, supported by its AMI (advanced metering infrastructure). As a critical part of smart-utility systems, AMI provides regular, two-way communication between smart meters and energy providers, which allows them to closely monitor usage and allows their customers to moderate their consumption according to cost at the time of use.
Both small and inexpensive, Glen Canyon’s NEXGEN Smart Meters are certified Sigfox Ready to provide economical, energy-efficient, two-way transmission of data over the Sigfox global network.
Using Sigfox connectivity, the meters perform real-time measurement of energy consumption and time-of-use. Users can also perform demand reading, power-outage reporting, remote disconnect (load shedding for commercial and industrial customers) and choose a prepayment plan.
“The SIGFOX network is an obvious choice for Glen Canyon’s low-cost, plug-and-play smart meters, because it is fully in line with our commitment to provide highly functional but affordable smart meters to utilities around the world,” said Glen Canyon CEO John Heibel.
“We designed our meters to provide valuable, real-time data at the lowest cost possible, and the SIGFOX network enables that better than any alternative. Plus, having tested all LPWA solutions, we have found that SIGFOX clearly outperformed other solutions in regards to cost of radio modems, deep indoor penetration and reliability.”
“Glen Canyon offers electricity providers an inexpensive, low-energy and multi-functional smart meter that can rapidly expand implementation of smart grids on every continent,” said Stuart Lodge, SIGFOX executive vice president, global sales & partners.
“This is the beginning of a partnership that we expect to help establish smart grids in many countries, as the SIGFOX network is deployed worldwide, and it demonstrates how the network can help innovative companies grow their business.”
The M14 Module in NEXGEN meters
The NEXGEN meters are based on Glen Canyon’s M14 Module. The module is part of a system that provides cost-efficient, effective and convenient solutions for two-way communications between the meter and a host system or remote, cloud-based data structure.
The module can implement a range of features, such as AMI, automatic meter reading (AMR), power-outage reporting and remote disconnect with the company’s supervisory control electronics or cloud. It can also implement STS prepayment, sending credit tokens to the meter over the Sigfox network.
In addition, the M14 Module can serve as the sensor and control actuator for advanced services. For highest security, flexibility and ease of implementation, data may be 128-bit AES encrypted and carried using Internet protocol. The IEC and ANSI compliant modules will be equipped with Sigfox Ready transceivers in addition to their current 802.11 N Wi-Fi protocol.