Landis+Gyr Partners with Northwest Lineman College to Design Smart Grid Training Center

February 21, 2011 – Landis+Gyr announced it was chosen by the Northwest Lineman College (NLC) to help develop a smart grid training center at the college’s Oroville, CA campus. The training center will be used to support courses in smart meter certification, advanced metering infrastructure and home area networking. The system will also demonstrate the ability to utilize smart grid infrastructure for advanced applications such as sectionalizing outages and managing distribution voltage.

The Northwest Lineman College is constructing a virtual city in a lab environment that is suited for both training and demonstrations in demand response, meter installation and data management. Landis+Gyr provided the college with a Gridstream™ advanced meter network and Command Center system operating software. Landis+Gyr’s FOCUS AX-SD advanced residential meters are being used to demonstrate the integrated remote service switch. The ZigBee®-equipped meters also act as a gateway to enable home area networking devices and load control switches used in the demonstration.

“NLC is committed to staying on the cutting edge of training requirements for utility personnel. This new training center gives us a new capability for hands-on instruction in smart grid and advanced metering deployment, management and troubleshooting that will greatly benefit the power delivery industry.” said Mike Hennesey, President of Campus Operations.

Training objectives for the smart grid curriculum are comprehensive, including work on installation of equipment, troubleshooting, network and meter data management. Individuals completing the course will receive a complete overview of how smart grid technology impacts grid operations.

“Landis+Gyr is excited to be able to share our expertise in the application and deployment of smart grid technology. This training center is a great opportunity to help advance understanding of smart grid technology and demonstrate the potential it has for transforming the way utilities and consumers manage energy,” said Jeff Carkhuff, Vice President of Product Management at Landis+Gyr. “In addition to the training opportunities, this site will also serve as a technology demonstration site for utilities worldwide.”

About Landis+Gyr

Landis+Gyr is the leading provider of integrated energy management solutions tailored to energy company needs. With a global presence and a reputation for quality and innovation, Landis+Gyr is unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.25 billion, Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents, and employs nearly 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at

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