The NRECA International Foundation is looking for volunteers to travel to cooperatives in Costa Rica to help them begin implementing new Landis & Gyr Smart Grid systems. We are looking for technicians and/or engineers familiar with the Landis and Gyr ‘Gridstream’ Radio Frequency (RF) AMI system.
Coopeguanacaste: Mid- to late June for one week
Coopelesca: Mid- to late July for one week
Assist the cooperative personnel with implementing their newly acquired system by providing experienced based “Best Practice” information on:
- Setup and installation of collector radios and routers.
They will be using the C6400 collector and the R6400 router, both probably mounted on distribution sized poles and will need help in learning the connections, configurations and mounting aspects of these.
- Understanding the maintenance, care & feeding of these radios.
How to check for signal strength, where to look for signal problems, what to suspect when radios start to misbehave, etc
- Practical and day-to-day use of the L&G “RadioShop” software.
How to use the software to find problem areas and to troubleshoot meters that lose communications with routers/collectors.
- Practical and day-to-day use of the L&G “Command Center” master station software.
Your Role: L&G will have provided training and installation assistance on the software products and the radios…your role will be to reinforce that training using your experience with these items. They will have the typical issues that you had when you started up your system and we hope that you can work with them in the field to learn many of the “tricks” that you learned in your first years and that you’ve learned in the years you’ve operated your system. We also want to use you to provide some feedback to NRECA International and Landis & Gyr about what additional factory training the cooperative staff might need going forward. This will help us plan our work over the first few months of implementation and to create an “AMI Implementation Guide” that we hope to use with other International Cooperatives in the future.