Sensus, a Xylem brand, provides remotely-managed products and solutions that deliver the right data at the right time for investor-owned utilities, cooperatives and municipalities.
Over the course of our 45 years in business, GROEBNER has invested in developing a network of suppliers that bring you the best products in the industry. All of our supply chain vendors exhibit the integrity, quality, and service that have been the foundation of GROEBNER’s business. One key example is our long-term partner, Sensus. They are a utility technology company that helps a wide range of public service providers do more with their infrastructure. With nearly two centuries of utility experience, Sensus continues to deliver the most robust gas meters in the industry. Like GROEBNER, they invest, innovate, and deliver industry-leading results.
What Sensus Offers
Sensus, a Xylem brand, provides full solutions to create smart utility networks. They have solutions that can measure pressure, turn off gas, and even monitor corrosion. Their full FlexNet® communication network allows utilities to remotely manage their entire distribution system. You can store and analyze data to develop new insights into your operating conditions. This network offers more than just accuracy in billing. You’ll receive:
- Secure network
- Enhanced regulatory compliance
- Remote diagnostics
- Reduced truck rolls
- Enhanced safety for personnel, customers, and the public
- More accurate forecasting and planning
- Fewer bill/service complaints
Some of the technology used to capture the data within the FlexNet network includes:
Sonix IQ Ultrasonic Residential Meter
As Sensus has continued to grow and innovate, they are launching new products to increase your efficiency and decrease lifetime cost of operations. Their latest – the Sonix IQ ultrasonic gas meter – uses ultrasonic technology to give you pinpoint measurement of natural gas in residential applications. This meter is solid state, so it has no moving parts to replace or wear out. It also features an available FlexNet radio inside the meter housing, to integrate seamlessly with your entire network, including any Sensus AMR and AMI solution you own. It is battery operated, with a 20-year lifespan. The Sonix IQ, with its compact, durable design, offers system intelligence and control in a cost-effective manner.
SmartPoints & Diaphragm Gas Meters
Our partnership with Sensus began with their gas meters, such as their staple R-275 residential gas meter and R-415 commercial gas meter. SmartPoint GM transceivers can be added to these meters to harness the power of two-way communication. They mount directly onto the meter, interfacing with the meter drive assembly and allowing re-use of the existing meter index.
As you build your infrastructure, these SmartPoints can easily be reconfigured so the communication platform you install today (whether walk-by, drive-by or fixed-base) can grow and change seamlessly as your business needs change.
Smart Gateway Pressure Monitoring
Sensus knows that natural gas utility systems need to run through all kinds of locales. That may include places where there is no power and no land-based communications. Their Smart Gateway is a battery-powered sensor interface which allows you access to timely data, even in the most remote spots. Smart Gateway leverages the FlexNet communication network capabilities, so you can monitor pressures, temperatures, levels, and switches – everything FlexNet offers. Smart Gateway enables you to have direct remote access and control to all locations on your pipeline network.
SentryPoint Cathodic Protection
Beyond standard metering and meter reading, the FlexNet network offers other automated solutions. With a standard natural gas pipeline, you only monitor the pipe corrosion at extended intervals. But SentryPoint Cathodic Protection provides a 24/7 solution which remotely monitors corrosion. Data is automatically collected from test points and rectifiers throughout your pipeline network. It also includes built-in alarms to alert you if there are breaches in coverage (such as power failures). Your field teams will know exactly when and where a problem has occurred. They can spend more time repairing and far less time searching for the location.
The Sensus/GROEBNER Partnership
GROEBNER and Sensus have a long-term relationship. Our committed partnership with Sensus allows you to stay focused on providing your communities with a better and safer natural gas experience. You can rely on GROEBNER’s team to guide you through the process of determining the best Sensus products to meet your needs. We make those recommendations with utmost confidence in Sensus product quality and innovation. Contact us as firstname.lastname@example.org today to learn more about how Sensus can help you upgrade your pipeline network.