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Tantalus, a smart grid communications provider, has announced the commercial availability of the factory-integrated, TUNet-compatible Itron CENTRON II meter, equipped with Tantalus communication modules.

The company notes the meter joins the full suite of Tantalus and Itron compatible products for residential and commercial applications for the municipal and cooperative public power market.

According to Tantalus, the meter will allow utilities to immediately utilize real-time interval meter reading, outage/restoral notification, voltage data, tamper detection and remote disconnect/reconnect functionality for residential electric customers.

In addition, Tantalus says the new communications module is capable of receiving TUNup over-the-air firmware upgrades. This operational feature will be utilized to implement reading support functionality for Itron electric, water and gas ERT modules, the company adds.

The bi-directional metering capabilities of the CENTRON II will enable utilities to support advanced programs, such as distributed and co-generation applications and dynamic pricing schedules, Tantalus reports. The company says that the remote service disconnect-reconnect switch includes a load-sensing feature with full two-way communication.

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