NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AGA Operations Conference -- Elster (NYSE: ELT) and Aclara, part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), announced today that the two companies have teamed to promote gas smart-metering solutions. The initial collaboration is a mutual agreement to develop support for Elster's new AC-250 gas meter shut-off valve via Aclara's STAR Network advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) module, enabling more precise control over gas flows for improved safety and revenue protection.
The joint solution, when developed, will provide utilities with remote fixed-network access to the downstream natural gas flow. It will enable utilities to promptly execute gas shut-offs, reducing operating costs, facilitating revenue recovery, and enhancing employee and customer safety.
"Relying on the Aclara two-way AMI communications module to control Elster's AC-250 shut-off valve will enable utilities to quickly stop the flow of gas at the meter level," said Ron Smith, vice president of marketing, Aclara. "By combining two of the industry's most advanced solutions, Elster and Aclara are working hand-in-hand to bring the benefits of AMI infrastructure to both utilities and consumers.""As a gas metering industry leader, Elster is committed to promoting and bringing to market interoperable open interface products and solutions to benefit the entire market," said Joe Turgeon, director of AMI/AMR solutions, Elster Gas North America. "We are excited to work with Aclara as they also understand the importance of device interoperability in a smart gas environment." Elster will be demonstrating the capabilities of the AC-250 shut-off valve at booth #600 at the American Gas Association's Operations Conference & Biennial Exhibition, being held May 24 – 27, 2011 in Nashville, TN. About Aclara The Aclara® brand represents the industry's leading Intelligent Infrastructure technologies for providing device networking, data-value management, and customer communications to water, gas, and electric utilities globally. Over 500 utilities in nine countries rely on proven Aclara solutions to connect with their customers. Aclara is part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), St. Louis. Create Your Intelligent Infrastructure www.Aclara.com. About Elster Elster (NYSE: ELT) is one of the world's largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers. Its offerings include distribution monitoring and control, advanced smart metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services – key components for enabling consumer choice, operational efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by utilities in the traditional and emerging Smart Grid markets.