The City of Medicine Hat (CMH), Alberta, Canada, has chosen the licensed-spectrum FlexNet advanced utility network by Sensus to automate the municipality's three utilities.

The technology is currently in a trial phase for CMH's commercial and residential customers. Pending city council approval, CMH will move forward with the project's second phase of replacing legacy analog equipment with automated meters at each of the 30,000 customer accounts covering a 43-sq-mile (111-sq-km) area in the southeastern part of the province.

The project represents the first implementation in Canada of electric, water and gas measurement, monitoring and control over a single network, according to the Dean Stepanic, the city's advanced metering infrastructure project manager. Initially, the city will perform automated billing and remote monitoring with the new system and may offer voluntary pricing options after full deployment.

The system's point-to-multipoint topology requires less equipment than mesh networks and seamlessly interfaces with the city's existing fiber-optic network for backhaul.

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