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An energy provider to 1.2 million electric and 130,000 natural gas customers in the US state of Missouri has reached an agreement for its smart meter project.

Ameren Missouri has selected Landis+Gyr to deploy 1.4 million advanced meters and an Internet of Things (IoT) network.

The IoT network will provide connectivity to the 1.27 million advanced electricity meters and 130,000 gas meters.

The contract also includes Landis+Gyr providing, operating and maintaining meter data management and command center head-end systems.

Rollout of the IoT network is set to begin in January 2020.

Prasanna Venkatesan, CEO of the Americas region at Landis+Gyr, said: “This contract builds on our more than 20-year relationship with Ameren Missouri, which was one of the first utilities to operate a fixed-network meter reading system, and is a key part of the utility’s Smart Energy Plan as a platform for future energy management initiatives.

“With Gridstream Connect, the utility has the ability to run a variety of applications and connect with sensors and devices across the system to ensure long-term support for customer engagement, distributed energy resource integration and improved reliability.”

“The new technology not only helps grid resiliency and efficiency, it provides a platform for customers to make informed energy management decisions,” added Jeff Esserman, Ameren Missouri’s Director of Smart Meter Programme Strategy and Implementation. “Updating metering and networking infrastructure is a significant part of Ameren’s Missouri’s Smart Energy Plan to transform and modernise the energy grid for future generations, as well as the way customers receive and consume energy. Our plan creates a smarter, stronger and more integrated system that offers more energy options while enabling more control for our customers.”