Beginning in 2009, DEP installed Aclara’s RF network technology across New York City’s five boroughs, providing a wireless meter reading solution for the city. The system was completed in 2012, and when Hurricane Sandy struck in October of that year, it was under pressure to perform effectively.
Once the storm passed, DEP assessed how the Aclara RF network system had weathered the storm. Of the 350 DCUs in the NYC system, only 12 were damaged primarily due to the loss of power to the DCU. Even with the loss of the DCU, redundancies designed in the Aclara RF network system meant that even if a DCU was out of service, the MTU signal could be picked up by another functioning unit.
As a result of the storm, there was significant personal property damage throughout the city. Learn how the technology weathered the storm.