Electrica de Guayaquil (EDG), an electric utility in Ecuador, has selected the Elster EnergyAxis Smart Grid solution for two-way advanced metering infrastructure deployments in South America.

For the initial phase of its smart grid project, EDG will deploy the Elster EnergyAxis solution to more than 4,500 residential, commercial and industrial locations to enable remote meter reads, and will deploy more than 250 low voltage AGI nodes for load balance.

The two-way AMI deployment enables EDG to remotely connect/disconnect service using smart meters, reduce its time-to-response to customer service requests and gain real-time access to meter data to accelerate the billing process from 10 days down to one day, Elster said.

The Elster EnergyAxis solution will be integrated with EDG’s existing commercial applications, including the utility’s geographic information system, to provide future smart grid benefits such as outage management and the ability to efficiently deploy maintenance crews.

EDG provides electric power services to more than 550,000 residents across Ecuador.

Elster is a provider of distribution monitoring and control, advanced smart metering, demand response, networking, and software solutions.