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Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), has announced that Electrica’s SDEE Muntenia Nord has exercised an additional option to purchase and install an additional 32,000 NES smart meters and associated data concentrators and software associated with the NES System and solution.

Electrica is a utility in Romania with three DSO companies, including SDEE Muntenia Nord, and about 3.7M electricity customers.

This project further expands the NES infrastructure and project with Electrica, which includes cooperation with local project partner Adrem Engineering as well as integration with the IDSpecto MDM System from Görlitz AG.

This enacted optional order provides confirmation of the success and performance of the NES System for Electrica, which follows several previous successful projects in Romania with SDEE Transilvania Nord and SDEE Muntenia Nord, where the NES System is effectively delivering 15 minute load profile data for the installed meters at a daily availability rate that is greater than 99.7%.

This outstanding daily availability is achieved through the use of the industry leading OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol) based power line communication technology.  The 15 minute load profile data provided by the system includes billing consumption data and power quality voltage data (minimum, rms values, and maximum) for each phase connected to the meter – providing a rich source of information to support low-voltage grid operations, capacity management and transmission loss reductions.

Prior to the new order, Electrica’s DSO SDEE Muntenia Nord previously selected Adrem and the NES System as a result of a public tender procedure. Besides proven ability to provide remote reading of metering and power quality data, the solution provides the opportunities for innovation and differentiation offered through the NES Patagonia Energy Applications Platform.

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This platform, built on the distributed intelligence and computing resources in the NES System, enables Electrica’s customers to actively participate in energy conservation programs and allows Electrica to implement NES Applications, like Grid Navigator and Grid Flow, to identify and help reduce the amount of losses in its low voltage network. In addition, this allows Electrica to introduce Grid Watch that adds intrusion detection and response capabilities.

These are in addition to the NES Patagonia Platform’s extensive industry leading security features, such as automatically changing unique meter keys and AES-128 encryption, which are designed to help protect, detect and respond to cybersecurity threats in an efficient and timely manner.

“By exercising this option, Electrica has demonstrated their confidence in the value of the NES System as the market’s premier smart metering system and Adrem as a trusted project management partner,” said David Thomson, President and CEO of NES. “We are excited to continue working with Electrica and our partners in this expanded project in Romania. This project showcases how our Patagonia Energy Applications Platform enables the smart energy transition enabling utilities to respond to and actively lead market change, by providing future proof metering infrastructure, smart grid apps and extensive security features.”

“Electrica’s decision to continuing expanding the use of the NES Patagonia Platform and IDSpecto directly compliments the Romanian Smart Grid strategy because of its rich features, proven reliability, and superior security capabilities,” according to Andrei Berechet, Director of Business Development for Adrem.

“We continue to be impressed by the NES future proof solution that can incorporate value-added smart grid applications through their Energy Applications Platform, as well as allowing remote upgrades to smart meters to provide new security enhancements and new features. This will ensure the DSOs in Romania can stay aligned to developing regulatory requirements, continue to innovate in their consumer services and make the transition to smart sustainable energy.”

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