Landis+Gyr, which began deploying a Gridstream two-way smart grid communications network at Austin Energy in 2008, announced it is on schedule to complete the 280,000-meter project in August 2009.

Landis+Gyr is providing support services for the deployment of advanced meters and turnkey network hardware upgrade as part of its managed services agreement with Austin Energy. The company began deploying the Gridstream two-way RF mesh network as part of an expanded management contract with Austin Energy that was signed last year.

More than 165,000 two-way meters have been installed so far, and integration with the utility's meter data management system is underway. Landis+Gyr and Austin Energy are testing access to interval usage and metering data, and will soon begin testing other advanced features, such as remote disconnect and load management.

Austin Energy's deployment will enable the utility to leverage its network for smart grid and demand response applications, including in-home networking, distributed generation and distribution automation.

Austin Energy is the ninth largest community-owned electric utility in the nation, serving nearly 400,000 electricity customers in and around Austin, Texas. The utility has used a Landis+Gyr fixed-network advanced metering solution for approximately a third of its customers since 2002.

The Landis+Gyr Gridstream solution combines communication technologies for advanced metering, distribution automation and personal energy management with interoperable tools for monitoring and controlling energy delivery to help utilities and consumers manage energy better.