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City of Opelika, Alabama to offer residents superfast broadband services and help them save energy thanks to Alcatel-Lucent

OPELIKA, Ala. PARIS April 24, 2012 City of Opelika, Alabama

A new high-capacity ‘Fiber-to-the-home’ (FTTH) network will bring these broadband connections to households and businesses and allow Opelika Power Services to extend the reach of its ‘smart grid’, supporting new power sensors and smart meters across the city.

The new network will allow the company to dynamically monitor and measure performance across the power grid in real time, helping them more effectively manage the flow of electricity and identify and resolve problems quickly, reduce repair time for outages and minimize impact to customers. A detailed picture of customers’ energy needs will help the utility balance power supply and demand, leading to more operational efficiency, reduced waste and greener power. The use of remote sensors and smart meters will also provide savings by automating operations, enabling employees to work more efficiently and helping to minimize the risk of human error.

Residents will be offered advanced meter reading devices providing them with real-time information about the amount of energy being used in their households.  As a result, they will be able to identify when their usage is at a peak and when there are opportunities, day or night, to reduce consumption and save money.


A common citywide network securely supporting both smart grid communications and broadband services will create a more efficient use of resources, and support a variety of new business opportunities through the universal availability of high-speed connectivity.

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