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Intelligent infrastructure solutions provider Aclara Technologies LLC is offering utility companies a secure, standards-based solution to backhaul data from meters and other utility-operated devices over a virtual private network (VPN) operating on Verizon's network.

According to Aclara, the company's Metrum Cellular VPN-based advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution helps enhance planning with a one-stop solution for utilities deploying cellular technologies for AMI.

The solution, Aclara says, includes encryption technologies that isolate meter data from other traffic on the public cellular network. The company notes Metrum Cellular also provides pass-through communications to billing, making it compatible with any data-collection standard.

With its ability to bring high-bandwidth, low-latency, IP-based cellular communications directly to utility endpoints such as meters and substation equipment, the solution helps simplify replacement of legacy telephone connections and fill-in for hard-to-reach areas, Aclara adds.

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