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WIRELESS METERING CLOSER TO REALITY.

Byline: Eugene Tong Staff Writer

VALENCIA - A local technology company is close to offering a wireless meter-reading system that could make utility meter readers as novel as the milkman, a company spokesman said.

ConectiSys Corp. officials said a key component of its HNet 5.0 wireless meter-reading system has received Federal Communications Commission certification for commercial sale.

``We believe that ConectiSys is one of the first within the automatic meter reading field to gain FCC approval of a real-time wireless energy meter-reading system, the HNet-MeterSystem,'' said Robert Spigno, the company's chief executive officer said in a statement.

Meantime, the HNet BaseStation - the system's nerve center - is under FCC review. Officials expect FCC approval in January.

``This will complete the FCC requirements of the new commercial telecommunications network for sales,'' Spigno said.

The HNet product is implanted in meters, and transmits customer data wirelessly to a central station, where it is distributed to power companies via the Internet. It would allow instant readings, and end the monthly door-to-door checks, company spokeswoman Marsha Lee Casspi said.

``From a network operating center, everybody will eventually have real- time meter reads,'' she said.

The company has tested the system through 15 Southern California Edison customers in the Santa Clarita Valley and Orange County. More trials will be conducted as utilities consider adopting the technology, Casspi said.

The system uses the 900 megahertz free band, the band used for cordless telephones.

Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253

eugene.tong(at)dailynews.com
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