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Raleigh, N.C.-based Elster has announced the expansion of its EnergyAxis solution, leveraging cellular point-to-point communications to enable customer support for electric vehicles (EVs).

According to Elster, the EnergyAxis system now enables both mesh and cellular point-to-point capabilities in a single head-end system, allowing utilities to manage all of their endpoints in one solution. The point-to-point solution uses the same head-end system and operates in parallel with other communication technologies that support applications such as remote meter reading, load control, asset monitoring, loss and theft detection, outage management, dynamic pricing, conservation voltage monitoring, and remote on-and-off services, the company adds.

As part of Dominion Virginia Power's demonstration of AMI technologies, the EnergyAxis solution is now providing AMI solutions for the Dominion’s EV rate-based pilot throughout its service territory, Elster notes.

"Our goal is to deliver a comprehensive communication platform that enables multiple smart grid applications," says Ed Myzska, president of Elster Solutions. "As an AMI solution, EnergyAxis can further enable the inclusion of smart-grid-based capabilities like EV communications for large utilities in advance of full-scale network deployments."



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