Sensus, BAI partner to deliver advanced digital infrastructure to Australia

Sensus and BAI have partnered to transform the utility-customer ecosystem in Australia. The companies will design, supply and install a digital infrastructure across the continent that will enable utilities to remotely and continuously monitor and diagnose problems.

SYDNEY, NSW, and RALEIGH, NC, July 30, 2015 -- Sensus, a clean technology company specializing in smart meters, software and services and communication systems, and BAI, a designer, builder and operator of global communications networks, have partnered to transform the utility-customer ecosystem in Australia.

The two companies will design, supply and install a digital infrastructure across the continent that will enable utilities to remotely and continuously monitor and diagnose problems and pre-emptively prioritize and manage maintenance issues. Data from smart sensors, including meters, will ensure the reliable, safe and cost-effective delivery of water and energy through improved operational efficiency and customer engagement.

BAI is the owner and operator of extensive digital transmission infrastructure in Australia. "Australia is a highly complex digital nation, and it is BAI's goal to ensure our customers' communications networks are able to take advantage of this," said Jim Hassell, Group CEO of BAI. "Our partnership with Sensus made perfect sense, as both organizations are clear leaders in delivering networks that are built for the future."

The Sensus FlexNet® communications system uses dedicated, licensed spectrum in a private, secure network that supports multiple applications and is flexible for future growth. FlexNet is based on open standards and can support capacity and reach requirements. It is interoperable with multiple systems and endpoints for delivering data that helps utilities respond quickly to changing market and customer requirements.

"The Sensus-BAI partnership, in particular, can help water utilities combat the growing demand by supporting data that helps conserve resources," said Mary Wilson, director of smart metering, Sensus Australia. "By offering a bird's-eye view of the system, water utilities can manage their assets through timely maintenance that prevents service disruption and enhances reliability."

Water conservation in Australia is critical. A global water utility report discovered the country currently loses 18 percent of its potable water through leaks. A smart water network, featuring the Sensus FlexNet system, detects leaks and allows utilities to predict and address future issues throughout the water distribution system. With its growing population, the demand for water in Australia is rising, which makes it important to deploy digital technologies that enable automation, control and insight into system performance and consumption.

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About Sensus

Sensus is a clean technology solutions company offering smart meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric, gas, and water industries. Sensus technology helps utilities drive operational efficiency and customer engagement with applications that include advanced meter reading, data acquisition, demand response, distribution automation, home area networking, and outdoor lighting control. For more information, visit sensus.com/web/usca.

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