Agreement aims to enhance existing product integration success and expand solutions for utility Smart Grid applications
ABB, a power and automation technology company, and Sensus, a provider of technology solutions that aim to enable the conservation of water and energy, have announced a new partnership agreement that will allow the two companies to better collaborate on delivering enhanced Smart Grid solutions to customers.
The move combines ABB’s knowledge of low voltage and medium voltage distribution automation systems and network management solutions with Sensus’ FlexNet Smart Grid communication platform and supporting software. These Smart Grid solutions are built upon integrations already delivered together by Sensus and ABB. For example, Sensus has already integrated ABB distribution automation devices over a network into ABB Network Manager SCADA and DMS systems.
“ABB is committed to partnering with leading AMI and advanced metering system providers to develop world-class, standards-based Smart Grid solutions,” said Enrique Santacana, president and CEO of ABB in North America. “We are pleased to take our partnership with Sensus to a new level and continue integrating our distribution automation solutions with Sensus’ FlexNet technology to make the emerging Smart Grid a reality.”
The companies said utility customers will benefit from a broad set of Smart Grid applications based on the combined strengths of both ABB and Sensus. Such applications include fault detection, isolation and restoration, VoltVar optimization, and the extension of ABB Network Manager SCADA to feeder devices such as advanced sensors.
“Sensus and ABB offer complementary smart grid solutions to electric utilities, enabling customers to benefit from integrated solutions from two powerhouse technology providers,” said Peter Mainz, Sensus president and CEO.
ABB and Sensus have been working together to test and develop smart solutions that aim to address the needs of utilities, both short term in light of the challenging environmental conditions, and in the long run as utilities experience greater demands for energy and the need for grid modernization.
This partnership was simultaneously announced at DistribuTech, an annual transmission and distribution conference and exhibition held this year in Tampa, Fla.