ABB and Elster have announced the integration of Elster’s Alpha-based medium voltage AGInode monitoring and communications platform with ABB’s new SCC-125 split-core combination voltage and current sensor. The integrated product will provide remote wireless feeder monitoring at the medium voltage level.

This new product is another example of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Distribution Automation (DA) convergence: Utilities will not only realize the ease of installation and metering-class accuracy offered by ABB’s SCC-125, but will also realize the benefits from Elster’s EnergyAxis-enabled Alpha metering platform with its flexible integrated communication options. Data gathered from medium voltage sensing points can now be combined and time-synchronized with other system-level data allowing utilities to more efficiently monitor and operate their distribution network. In the past, utilities have not had access to real-time power measurement data on distribution feeders due to the lack of cost-effective, field-proven technology..

This offering provides utilities with a solution for plug-and-play metering of overhead medium voltage feeders. It can either be integrated into existing SCADA infrastructure or into Elster’s EnergyAxis communications system.