ST LOUIS – Jan. 3, 2013 – Aclara, a leading provider of intelligent infrastructure solutions and a member of the utility solutions group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), has acquired the assets of Metrum Technologies LLC of Waco, Texas. Metrum is a leading provider of wireless public network communications products for electric utilities as well as hosted software systems and network operations for its solutions. Metrum’s research and development center located in Dallas will also become part of Aclara. Terms were not disclosed.
Aclara initially will deploy Metrum’s patented, internet-protocol (IP)-based solutions to enhance Aclara’s TWACS technology in rural electric cooperative and municipals, providing a high-availability, high-bandwidth, low-latency communications channel. The technology also provides for high-density meter deployments as well as demand response, distribution automation, SCADA and commercial and industrial applications. Metrum’s technology is already deployed at 350 utilities throughout the United States.
“Metrum’s communication technologies are an excellent complement to Aclara’s network offering,” said Brad Kitterman, President, Aclara. “Adding Metrum’s portfolio of products to our existing offerings allows Aclara to provide a more comprehensive solution that will enable our existing customers – as well as new ones – to optimize the economics of their smart grid deployment by balancing bandwidth requirements with cost.”
Aclara’s acquisition acknowledges a trend by utilities to deploy cellular solutions using existing public networks. Market research firm Pike Research, in fact, has forecasted cellular communications will grow by 20 percent in the smart grid market by 2016.
“Aclara has an outstanding reputation for providing exceptional smart grid solutions to all three utility segments,” said Steve Swenke, Chief Executive Officer of Metrum. “I believe the combination of Metrum’s and Aclara’s technology platforms will enable a best-in-class offering of cellular, RF and power-line communications technologies for our utility customers.”
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