Honeywell Profiles Next Generation of Electricity Metering Technology at DistribuTECH¬†
March 28, 2018
SAN ANTONIO, January 22, 2018 – Honeywell todayannounced that it is demonstrating the next generation of its electricitymetering technology, the Alpha® 4 meter, at DistribuTECH®.The advanced Alpha 4 platform delivers the latest in metering technology, providingutilities greater flexibility, enhanced security and the ability to integratefuture grid capabilities. The Alpha 4’s increased support for high-resolutionmetrology data, when combined with advanced analytics, enables new insightsthat can help predict peak usage and detect power outages and losses such as electricitydiversion.
The Alpha 4 follows in Honeywell’s tradition ofproviding innovative, high-performance metering products to electricity, gasand water utilities. It is available for both residential as well as commercialand industrial applications using point-to-point or Advanced MeteringInfrastructure (AMI) communications. With its advanced capabilities, the newsmart meter will facilitate a stronger smart grid infrastructure, enabling moreefficient power distribution for utilities.
“The Alpha 4 meter leverages Honeywell’s legacyof metering and innovation to provide excellent metrology processing,market-leading memory capabilities, and a variety of other features,” said GaryBennett, vice president and general manager of Smart Energy ElectricityAmericas, Honeywell Process Solutions. “All these capabilities help utilitiesaccomplish their goal of delivering safe, reliable and accurate service totheir customers.”
In addition to operational advancements, theAlpha 4 also increases support for consumer-facing applications. By offeringimproved granularity into consumption patterns, the Alpha 4 can help utilitiesand their customers better understand how they can reduce energy use and costs.
Key features of the Alpha 4 include a powerful processor, which provides rich data, reduces latency andoffers utilities more channels. This enables the simultaneous measurement of agreater number of electrical instrumentation values, generating detailed datathat can be turned into enhanced customer experiences. Thanks to expanded memory,the meter can store up to 365 days of data, and its flexible communicationscapability allows it to integrate any third-party communications modules.
Additional features of the Alpha 4 includeInternet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) compatibility, aligned with the movement of widearea network (WAN), local area network (LAN), and Home Area Network (HAN)devices to this authentication protocol. The meter also offers AmericanNational Standard Institute (ANSI) C12.22 security standard compatibility,supporting the most advanced security protocol standard available today. Furthermore,it has a strong power supply with the ability to support today’s more powerfulradio communications.
Honeywell is in booth 1823 at DistribuTECH.Visit www.honeywellsmartgrid.com formore information on the company’s broad smart grid technology and services.Honeywell ProcessSolutions (www.honeywellprocess.com) is a pioneer inautomation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas; refining;energy; pulp and paper; industrial power generation; chemicals andpetrochemicals; biofuels; life sciences; utility; and metals, minerals andmining industries. It is also a leader in providing software solutions andinstrumentation that help manufacturers find value and competitive advantagethrough Honeywell Connected Plant, Honeywell’s Industrial Internet of Things(IIoT) solution. Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Performance Materialsand Technologies strategic business group, which also includes Honeywell UOP (www.uop.com), a leadinginternational supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts,adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining,petrochemical, and gas processing industries.
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