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Sensus has called the U.K.'s smart meter program to deploy 53 million units between 2015 and 2020 "a progressive endeavor that will save energy, create jobs and be a shining example of clean technology at work."

As announced in August, Sensus was selected to provide the core communications technology to support the U.K. government's plan to roll out electric and gas smart meters to 10 million locations in the northern region of Great Britain.

In collaboration with Arqiva, Sensus will connect 16 million meters to 10 million homes in the region with its FlexNet technology, which is based on open standards and supports IPv6 communication.

"We are delighted to serve Great Britain with clean technology that will conserve resources, reduce energy costs and lower CO2 emissions," comments Sensus Chairman Lou D'Ambrosio.

Bob Lockhart, director at Navigant Research, notes the potential global impact of the U.K.'s rollout.

"Great Britain's smart metering project is expected to produce benefits reaching $11 billion. The program will be closely watched by every country currently considering or in the early stages of implementing a smart network," says Lockhart. "For the selected vendors, this latest opportunity is a catalyst for reaching other global markets."

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