Atlanta, GA /PRNewswire/ - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced it will provide three power providers in the United States with managed smart grid services that offer a simpler way to manage very technical smart grid networks, and enable improved electricity service and reliability for their customers. The Honeywell subscription services offer an alternative for smaller utilities, which typically have fewer IT resources, that choose not to own and manage their own advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) software. Managing AMI software is a resource-intensive task that many smaller utilities often struggle to accomodate.
The three managed services subscribers that will use Honeywell-managed and maintained smart grid software -- municipal utilities in the cities of Glenwood Springs, Colo., and St. John, Kansas, as well as Yakama Power in Toppenish, Wash.– will realize the full benefits of an AMI system, including reduced operating expenses and the ability to better serve customers through improved billing accuracy and faster outage recovery.
"Utilities have to provide power in a consistent and reliable way, but grid modernization makes this complex because it involves choosing the right smart grid framework and ensuring its ongoing management," said Nitin S. Kulkarni, president of Smart Energy, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. "This can be particularly challenging for smaller communities and their IT resources. Honeywell's expertise and connected services reduce risk and provide added resources to level the playing field for all utilities so they can focus on their core business."
Through the Honeywell managed services subscriptions, all three utilities will receive portal access and analytics for Honeywell's EnergyAxis® connected electricity meters. The meters will provide data on customer energy consumption to enable more accurate billing, and also help detect meter tampering and outages for faster power restoration.
"As a smaller utility, we have many of the same fundamental objectives as any large power provider, but the added obstacle of operating with often limited resources – especially when it comes to IT," said Jeff Williamson, utility director for the City of St. John, Kansas. "Honeywell's managed smart grid services help us more easily cover off on important network management tasks so we can focus on our ultimate objective of providing our customers with affordable and reliable power."
In addition to receiving EnergyAxis® connected electric meters and subscription access to the collected meter data, details for each of the managed services projects include:
Honeywell provides complete smart grid and energy management solutions that drive energy efficiency, operational improvements and cost savings for utilities, commercial and industrial customers, and consumers. Honeywell has more than 130 utility-managed EnergyAxis deployments worldwide, including 81 in the United States, as well as more than 20 managed services deployments.
Visit www.honeywellsmartenergy.com for more information on the company's broad smart grid technology and services.
About Honeywell Home and Building Technologies
Honeywell Home and Building Technologies (HBT) is a global business with more than 44,000 employees worldwide. HBT creates products, software and technologies found in more than 150 million homes and 10 million buildings worldwide. We help homeowners stay connected and in control of their comfort, security and energy use. Commercial building owners and occupants use our technologies to ensure their facilities are safe, energy efficient, sustainable and productive. Our advanced metering hardware and software solutions help electricity, gas and water providers supply customers and communities more efficiently. For more news and information on Honeywell Home and Building Technologies, please visit http://www.honeywell.com/newsroom.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help everything from aircraft, cars, homes and buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.
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