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Aclara acquires Smart Grid Solutions division of Apex CoVantage to create end-to-end offering
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Aclara acquires Smart Grid Solutions division of Apex CoVantage to create end-to-end offering

Posted by Zenobia HegdeJanuary 20, 2017

Aclara Technologies LLC, a supplier of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) to electric, gas and water utilities, has acquired the Smart Grid Solutions (SGS) division of Apex CoVantage, LLC.

The transaction includes the ProField® mobile workforce management technology used for smart grid deployments, as well as the Smart Grid Professional Services business comprising utility field services and consulting. Financial terms are not being disclosed.

With this acquisition, Aclara now reportedly offers an end-to-end solution including installation services and provision of field labour. This new capability enables Aclara to provide full turnkey solutions to utilities that increase their productivity and reduce operating costs. Aclara’s suite of solutions is comprised of meters and edge devices, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), headend and consumer engagement software, installation services and provision of labour offers a single point of accountability to utilities.

“The addition of SGS’s highly regarded ProField technology and professional services business adds another game-changing dimension to our capabilities and clearly demonstrates Aclara’s focus on being the world’s leading end-to-end full-service provider of smart infrastructure solutions,” said Allan Connolly, chief executive officer and president of Aclara.

Aclara will integrate both ProField and Smart Grid Professional Services into its portfolio of solutions for electric, gas and water utilities under the brand name Aclara SGS. Utilities that have selected the ProField technology include Consolidated Edison, Inc., Arizona Public Service (APS), and Habersham Electric Membership Corporation(Habersham EMC).

Allan Connolly, chief executive officer and president of Aclara

The contract with Consolidated Edison Company of NY, Inc. (CECONY) and Orange and Rockland (O&R) Utilities, Inc., both regulated operating companies of Consolidated Edison, Inc., (ED) includes the installation of electric smart meters and gas smart modules as part of a plan to deploy Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) across Consolidated Edison’s and Orange & Rockland’s service territories.

It also includes building the supporting communications network in Orange & Rockland’s service territory. Approximately 3.9 million electric meters and 1.3 million gas meters are involved.

Aclara continues to grow both the breadth of its solutions and its geographic reach. It follows the August 2016 purchase of the smart grid business from Tollgrade Communications, Inc., which included the grid monitoring platform comprising smart grid sensors and Predictive Grid® Analytics software.

In December 2015, Aclara purchased the electric meters business operating within GE Energy Management‘s Grid Solutions subdivision, an acquisition that strengthened the company’s offering for electric utilities and increased its international profile.

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