Cloud enables muni to capitalize on smart meter tech


Many utilities across the nation utilize smart electric meters, but few have applied the technology across electric, natural gas and water using one communications technology. The City of Kings Mountain is the first municipal utility in the Carolinas to utilize smart meter technology on gas, electric and water meters.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will provide the cloud-based infrastructure for the 1,200 meter pilot project. Meter installation was completed by the end of last year, allowing Kings Mountain to disconnect meters remotely, freeing field crews to work on system improvements.

The infrastructure also provides two portals that enable the utility to operate the system and consumers to monitor and manage their consumption, increasing engagement between the customer and their energy consumption as well as the utility.

"A cloud-based service is the only way a utility of Kings Mountain's size could obtain smart meter technology," said Kings Mountain Information Technology Director Matt Dull. "We just don't have the resources to manage these types of computer systems in-house." 

After evaluating the smart meter pilot for several months, Kings Mountain plans to deploy the technology across its 15,000 meter service area. 

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