Australian Company Release ‘TPX Gateway Bolt-on Technology’
As part of an eight-year $20 million investment created for utilities attempting to justify the cost of their smart grid projects, Australia-based wide area sensor network developer TPX Energy has unveiled a platform that it is calling a “smart grid/smart cities ecosystem that unlocks proprietary AMI networks.”
The company explains that the TPX Gateway bolt-on technology will let utilities build hybrid AMI that utilize excess AMI capacity to deliver unlimited distribution automation and smart cities services. The AMI to DA gateway allows utilities to install virtually any radio frequency metering communication module with a standard serial, RS232, RS485 connection to securely extend their mesh, WiFi, WiMax, wireless M-Bus and cellular AMI networks, according to TPX.
In addition, the company says that the platform offers 35 services ranging from crisis management and risk routing to mapping simulation of forest fires, floods and tsunamis months in advance or in real time. The services can be further expanded into water, transportation and gas asset management.