Utilities & Smart Grid
The ever-increasing demand for electric power not only requires more generating capacity but more efficient use of the electricity that is available for consumers today. To accomplish this goal utility companies are turning to ‘smart grid meters’ which can measure, monitor, collect and analyze how electricity is being used in the home or the industrial workspace. Many Smart grid meters offer additional capabilities like remote connect/disconnect of power or tamper detection circuitry.
Standex Electronics is supplying state of the art technology to help achieve these Smart Metering goals. Applications include reed switch based sensors that indirectly detect whether the remote connect/ disconnect system has functioned properly. A reed switch sensor is typically part of a feedback loop that sends a signal to the Utility’s control center confirming that the meter has executed its commands correctly. There is no room for error when electricity is involved.