BVU lights up fiber-based smart grid

BVU, an early municipal utility Fiber to the Home (FTTH) pioneer, has decided to integrate smart grid into its ever-growing set of offerings.

To get its smart grid up and running on its OptiNet FTTH network, BVU has turned to Tantalus and its TUNet wireless LAN technology. Tantalus claims its wireless LAN technology can help move smart grid data between the utility and every endpoint, regardless if they are connected to the FTTH network or not. By using Tantalus' technology, BVU believes it will be able to improve its traditional electric utility operations with the advent of time-of-use pricing, load shedding, customer signaling and advanced distribution automation applications.

Having seen its triple play service set create a new customer base and create new jobs in the region it serves, BVU's President & CEO Wes Rosenbalm, believes the advent of smart grid technology could have a similar effect.

"Our sights are now set on implementing a Smart Grid that will have the same positive impact on the way energy is distributed and managed," he said. "The ability to leverage OptiNet for additional cost and energy savings will continue to pay off for years to come."

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