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Elster Solutions has released a new version of its REXUniversal meter that incorporates point-to-point cellular communications technology. According to the company, the version further enhances the smart meter line's interoperability and interchangeability with other smart grid vendors and expands the number of rural and remote residential utility customers that can be served by smart grid systems.

Elster says the REXUniversal meter now operates on both cellular and mesh AMI networks, and the company notes that Verizon (CDMA) and AT&T (GSM) cellular networks are supported with this release.

"There are multiple benefits of the REXUniversal meter," says Mark Fronmuller, president of Elster Solutions. "It is a big step toward our goal of giving our customers new opportunities to save time and money via networks that interoperate as a single, integrated AMI. Our vision is a world where utilities have the ultimate in flexibility, security and cost savings through the ability to switch between mesh, cellular and multiple head ends as their needs, budgets and smart grid plans evolve."



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