There are far broader benefits to AMI than simply automating meter reading and decreasing peak load.
Tantalus provides the tools and information that enable a utility to leverage the full potential of the network and achieve new levels in strategic, business, environmental and customer service effectiveness. TUNet features distinct technological and operating capabilities that allow a utility to tighten existing processes, offer new programs and services as well as respond to shifting external demands.
- Reduce time and cost of deployment; wireless network typically up & running within two days.
- Plug & play network; TUNet enabled meters & endpoints automatically associate in the field eliminating the need for manual programming.
- Network in place for future deployments; reduce cost of subsequent deployments and application add ons.
- High capacity network to support data-intensive requirements of the Smart Grid - residential and C&I applications .
- Target accounts, areas of greatest need or opportunity such as high consumption C&I customers, areas with power quality issues or where energy theft is prevalent.
- Match pace of deployment with Return on Investment; accelerate benefits and payback.
- Assign each meter to specific groups (e.g. billing route, substation feeder, TOU rate plan) and broadcast messages only to devices within each group.
- Instantly query specific groups of devices or issue commands to select accounts, e.g. load shedding events or price level signals to Smart Thermostats.
Time Synchronized Network
- Time is held to one second throughout TUNet network, which allows a utility to coordinate measurement and control actions such as load shedding events, system performance analysis and current load burden.
Condition Based Message Broadcasting
- Event-driven "push" network automatically alerts utility of outages or other anomalies such as power quality disruptions; no device polling required.
- TUNet only reports events that actually occur such as verifying which customers participated in a load shedding event so that a utility only needs to compensate those who took part.