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Tantalus reports that Opelika Power Services (OPS) has selected the Tantalus Homerun Network as the technology platform for a fiber-based smart grid solution that will be coupled with the municipal utility's triple-play media services.

Tantalus' communications technology and AMI applications, coupled with Itron meters, will support Opelika's initiative to become the first city in Alabama to provide fiber services directly to the user.

The east Alabama power system currently provides electricity to Opelika’s more than 27,000 residents and will leverage fiber connectivity to every customer for gains in proactive grid management through TUNet - Tantalus Utility Network - applications such as automated meter reading, power outage management, demand management, and remote disconnect/reconnect. Residents of Opelika will also be able to monitor and manage their energy consumption, as well as work with OPS to respond to system-wide peak energy events in real time.

Additionally, OPS plans to offer high-speed, triple-play voice, video and data services to residents upon completion of the network.

“The City of Opelika and OPS have demonstrated incredible foresight and business savvy by successfully building a healthy case for [fiber-to-the-home] by way of smart grid,” says Eric Murray, president and CEO of Tantalus. “We’re proud to help OPS realize its vision to reach every citizen with advanced fiber-enabled services and the ability to take control and make informed choices for energy usage.”



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