Sensus and Elster Formalize Smart Metering Agreement

    Elster will Install Sensus FlexNet Communications on A3 ALPHA(R) Meters
at Elster's Manufacturing Facility

    RALEIGH, N.C., October 3 /CNW/ - Elster Electricity and Sensus Metering
Systems of Raleigh, North Carolina have signed an agreement which outlines
that Elster will integrate the Sensus FlexNet SmartPoint(TM) communications
board into the A3 ALPHA meter at Elster's manufacturing facility in Raleigh,

    Sensus FlexNet system users have been utilizing A3 ALPHA meters for
commercial and industrial applications since 2005. The agreement between
Elster and Sensus allows users to order A3 ALPHA meters directly from either
Elster or Sensus with the FlexNet SmartPoint(TM) module installed during
Elster's meter manufacturing process. This will streamline the order process
for meter customers and allow Elster and Sensus to better serve their
respective customers.

    Built on the strengths of the proven ALPHA meter design with millions of
units installed around the world, the A3 ALPHA meter provides a highly
accurate, ANSI standards-based AMI platform. The A3 ALPHA meter with the
Flexnet SmartPoint module provides superior commercial and industrial metering
functionality for Sensus FlexNet System users.

    "Elster is dedicated to developing and manufacturing standards-based
meters that allow us to work with AMI providers to meet our customers' needs."
stated David Hart, Senior Vice President of Products and Quality, Elster
Electricity. "Elster is pleased to be working with Sensus to offer our
customers the most efficient process for A3 ALPHA meter with FlexNet

    "Having Elster install the SmartPoint equipment onto the meter at their
facility makes sense for a number of reasons, the most important of which is
to streamline the process for our customers," said Doug McCall, Director of
AMI Marketing at Sensus. "We believe this agreement will allow us to continue
to enhance our commitment in providing utility customers with quality products
and services."

    FlexNet is a simple, reliable and flexible RF fixed network utility meter
reading AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) system that operates through a
primary licensed frequency. This license provides crystal clear transmissions
in an uninterrupted, undisturbed path that has up to double the power of
competing systems. FlexNet was designed to maximize smart metering technology
through its two-way, fixed network AMI solution. FlexNet enables utilities to
communicate with meters in both urban and rural environments to provide
increased meter reading efficiency, reduced overhead costs and enhanced
customer service. And, FlexNet is scalable to accommodate growth as a utility
expands meter deployments throughout its service territory.

    The A3 ALPHA(R) meter uses ANSI standards-based communications to provide
an open AMI platform. Building upon standard meter design that includes form
consolidation, voltage and class consolidations, 0.2% accuracy class meters,
functional scalability and standard two week lead times, the A3 ALPHA meter is
available in single phase and polyphase form factors. The A3 ALPHA meter can
be easily integrated into a variety of automated meter reading (AMR) and
advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions by adding option boards to
the meter.

    About Sensus Metering Systems

    The Sensus Metering Systems companies are leading world-class providers
of high-value metering, Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) and Advanced Metering
Infrastructure (AMI) system solutions for water, gas, electric, and heat
utilities as well as sub-metering entities worldwide. Additional linked
businesses include Smith-Blair, Inc. a leading provider of pipe clamp &
coupling products for the water, gas, and industrial markets; and Sensus
Precision Die Casting that produces complex, high quality die-castings. For
more information, please visit the company's web site at

    About Elster Electricity

    Elster Electricity is a leading provider of electricity metering products
and services throughout the world. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Elster
Electricity offers integrated, cost-effective solutions including smart
meters, communication solutions, and metering automation systems for
residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Elster Electricity
serves customers through a global sales force. For additional information,

    About Elster Group

    Elster Group is the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of highly
accurate, high quality, integrated metering and utilizations solutions to the
gas, electricity, and water industries. In addition, through its subsidiary
Ipsen International, it is the leading global manufacturer of high level
thermo-chemical treatment equipment. The group has over 8,500 staff,
operations in 38 countries and serves over 115 markets around the world.
Elster's high quality products and systems reflect the wealth of knowledge and
experience gained from over 170 years of dedication to measuring precious
resources and energy. For additional information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Elster Gabrielle Puccio, Director of Corporate
Communications, 919-250-5413; or Sensus
Metering Systems Ann P. Borne, Manager Marketing Communications AMI,

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