Landis+Gyr has announced a five-year advanced metering contract with AEP Texas, a unit of American Electric Power.

Under terms of the agreement, Corpus Christi-based AEP Texas will deploy Landis+Gyr's Gridstream advanced metering solution across the utility's Texas service territory. The Gridstream network will provide two-way communications to 700,000 metering endpoints and enable more than two million Texas consumers and businesses to better manage their use of electricity.

This advanced metering infrastructure deployment includes a two-way network and features an advanced digital meter with load limiting and remote service capability, along with connectivity to home area network devices. This will allow AEP Texas to send energy consumption information and real-time pricing signals to consumers as well as provide automated load management options.

"As the demand for electricity continues to outpace development of energy resources, using smart grid technologies to improve energy management is a critical piece to ensuring our energy future. AEP Texas is adopting technology that will improve efficiency and help control rising costs, while making it easier to utilize alternative sources of energy," said Richard Mora, CEO of Landis+Gyr North America. "Landis+Gyr is proud to partner with AEP. Gridstream provides a flexible, scalable and secure solution designed to meet their demanding requirements for interconnectivity and information management."

Landis+Gyr is helping design the smart grid of the future by connecting utilities to important information and control points throughout the distribution network. With Gridstream, utilities are able to offer consumers a broad array of new pricing, demand response and energy automation options that enhance the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid. Energy consumers benefit from more information, expanded choices, and simplified management of their energy while protecting the environment.

Texas continues to be one of the leading utility markets in changing the way Americans manage energy. Including the contract with AEP, Landis+Gyr has now signed agreements to deploy approximately 4 million smart meters with Texas utilities.