Honeywell profiles Next Generation of Electricity Metering Technology at DistribuTECH
Honeywell revealed that it has demonstrated the next generation of its electricity metering technology, the Alpha 4 meter, at DistribuTECH. The advanced Alpha 4 platform delivers the latest in metering technology, providing utilities greater flexibility, enhanced security and the ability to integrate future grid capabilities. The Alpha 4’s increased support for high-resolution metrology data, when combined with advanced analytics, enables new insights that can help predict peak usage and detect power outages and losses such as electricity diversion.
The Alpha 4 follows in Honeywell’s tradition of providing innovative, high-performance metering products to electricity, gas and water utilities. It is available for both residential as well as commercial and industrial applications using point-to-point or Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) communications. With its advanced capabilities, the new smart meter will facilitate a stronger smart grid infrastructure, enabling more efficient power distribution for utilities.
In addition to operational advancements, the Alpha 4 also increases support for consumer-facing applications. By offering improved granularity into consumption patterns, the Alpha 4 can help utilities and 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 and offers utilities more channels. This enables the simultaneous measurement of a greater number of electrical instrumentation values, generating detailed data that can be turned into enhanced customer experiences. Thanks to expanded memory, the meter can store up to 365 days of data, and its flexible communications capability allows it to integrate any third-party communications modules.