Bringing smart-metering to remote locations by satellite



 

Aside from the city of Camden, in northwest Tennessee, the only other largely populated areas are the agrarian communities of Big Sandy and Holladay. The county’s electricity requirements are met by Benton County Electric System (BCES), whose 38 employees work to deliver power to more than 10 000 customers. BCES’s philosophy is to offer fair and equitable rates for all. To accomplish this, the company began an initiative five years ago to install automated metering infrastructure to collect meter data every 15 minutes. The company faced several challenges in rolling out its automated metering infrastructure due to the patchy and unreliable cellular coverage typical of rural and remote locations. The utility set about finding the right partners who could provide a reliable alternative to their existing connectivity methods. Network Innovations, a key partner of Inmarsat, and a leading provider of BGAN M2M satellite communication services, was chosen. With a fully-reliable network in place, BCES has been able to complete the rollout of its automated metering infrastructure.

Contact Jonathan Sinnatt,  Inmarsat, jonathan.sinnatt@inmarsat.com

 

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