Leidos has won a contract to support the next phase of United Power's advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project.

Under the terms of 10-year contract, the company will implement an additional 20,000 smart meters to help United Power deliver improved efficiency and customer service.

Backed by Leidos’ industry-leading Smart Grid as a Service (SGS) offering, the second phase is scheduled to complete by September 2014.

United Power CEO Ron Asche said the SGS solution has allowed the company to reduce costs, enhance efficiencies, and proceed with the AMI deployment.

”The analytical capabilities of SGS are enabling us to better understand our infrastructure and proactively address potential problems," Asche added.

Leidos Energy Solutions senior vice president James Baxter said, "SGS allows United Power and other utilities to avoid large, up-front investments and to gradually upgrade their systems on their desired schedule.”

Leidos SGS is an integrated hardware and software solution designed to provide AMI, outage alerts/analysis, remote disconnect/connect capabilities, time of use, and net metering, as well as analytic and predictive capabilities.