The City of Naperville, Illinois, has selected the smart grid solutions of Elster and Tropos to support the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative.

The Naperville Smart Grid Initiative involves the deployment of more than 57,000 smart meters to empower the city’s electric customers.

Elster’s EnergyAxis smart grid solution and smart meters will provide advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) capabilities.

Tropos’ GridCom architecture will provide the private wireless IP communications network across the distribution area, initially supporting backhaul of data collected by Elster’s EnergyAxis system.

The city will also utilize combined solutions from Schneider and Calico Energy Services to provide load control management services.

During the first half of 2011, the city will conduct two pilots to test the technology and processes to ensure successful implementation of the full program.

The deployment of smart meters is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the entire project is targeted for completion by September 2012.