Advanced wireless standards are supporting a host of applications beyond the traditional voice and data they were originally designed to address. Utilities (electricity, water, natural gas) develop RF radio networks to allow for automated data retrieval for billing and troubleshooting purposes. With the ability to generate near-real time bills (vs. estimates), eliminate the need for site access for meter reading and the ability to troubleshoot a customer issue remotely, the advantages of the smart grid to the utility operator are obvious.
Mentum can serve the needs of utility operators through its feature-rich RF planning tool, Mentum Planet, which includes proprietary and accurate propagation models such as CRC Predict. Accurate geodata representing the terrain and related land use (clutter type) coupled with unrivalled GIS capabilities delivered through an embedded version of MapInfo Professional supports your design efforts to cover all of your current – and prospective - customers.