The technology will support the city’s advanced metering strategy as well as its smart streetlight initiative
The city of Conway in Arkansas is progressing its plans towards becoming a smart city by installing Landis+Gyr’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform to add intelligence to many of the utility services it provides.
Conway Corp, which operates the city-owned multi-service utility system, is installing Landis+Gyr’s RF Mesh network to support advanced metering for electric and water customers, as well as its smart streetlighting initiative. The utility plans to leverage the IPv6 communication capability of the network to streamline back-office management of multiple systems and expand consumer offerings in the future.
The utility currently provides electric, water, wastewater, streetlighting, and telecommunications systems including video and internet services to city residents. Conway Corp is presenting its smart city vision at the utility industry trade event, DistribuTECH, next week.
"Our goal is to manage city services and expand future offerings to residents in a way that improves both efficiency and the customer experience," said Bret Carroll, Conway Corp CEO. "The Landis+Gyr smart grid network provides support for our metering and system modelling initiatives, while providing the opportunity to expand sensing and home energy management technologies in the future."
Landis+Gyr’s connected platform of devices help utilities manage and monitor energy from the substation to the home. The company’s success with smart city deployments globally includes the largest IPv6 network in the world at TEPCO.
"What’s happening at Conway is an exciting example of how utilities can use distributed intelligence for a variety of urban management applications," said Gary High, senior vice president of product management and marketing at Landis+Gyr. "With the foundation of a multi-purpose, standards-based network, utilities can expand applications to not only manage energy, but also keep up with the changing needs of consumers."
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