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Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) reports that the City of Kings Mountain, N.C., has recently awarded the company a contract to deliver smart grid infrastructure for a smart grid pilot project that comprises 1,200 electric, water and gas meters.

SAIC and Kings Mountain will implement SAIC's Smart Grid as a Service (SGS) solution, a cloud-based offering that provides advanced metering infrastructure, outage alerts and remote connection capabilities. The SGS platform also provides two portals that enable the utility to operate the system and consumers to monitor and manage their consumption.

"Meter installation began in mid-November, and most of the electric and gas meters were installed before Christmas,” explains Nick Hendricks, director of Kings Mountain Energy Services. “We can now disconnect meters remotely, freeing up field crews to work on system improvements.”

Matt Dull, Kings Mountain information technology director, adds, “A cloud-based service is the only way a utility of Kings Mountain’s size could obtain smart meter technology. We just don’t have the resources to manage these types of computer systems in-house.”

Kings Mountain will evaluate the 1,200-meter pilot for several months before deploying smart meter technology across the 15,000-meter service area.



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