ZIV delivers 550,000 smart meters for Saudi Arabia’s smart grid deployment


ZIV Automation and its parent company Alfanar have delivered some 550,000 smart meters for Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)’s smart grid deployment.

The smart meters were manufactured locally through the group’s EPC company Alfanar Construction.

In addition to the smart meters, ZIV Automation also provided a dual communication technology, PLC-PRIME 1.4 FCC and NB-IoT system.

SEC launched the “digital transformation of the distribution networks” project in December 2019 with the Smart Metering Project (SMP) as a key factor in its strategy to improve the service to the end customer. The SMP system fully automates the meter reading and billing process. In addition, it will allow the customers to examine their energy usage in real-time to improve their consumption patterns.

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The SMP is identified as the Saudi Electricity Company most important project for digital transformation having installed over 10 million smart meters in record time.

The ZIV meter deployed is a modular design with integrated dual technology, PLC PRIME 1.4 and NB-IoT. It is a flexible smart meter that incorporates a unique sealed holster designed to host a pluggable communications module (LTE Cat 1). It is both, PLC-PRIME 1.4 certified on all channels and OIML R46 certified.

This dual communication technology represents an important technological milestone for ZIV. The Spanish company, a pioneer in the deployment of smart grids, with more than 10 million smart meters operating worldwide.

The new model ensures a reliable data transmission, even in the most challenging powerline media conditions: noise interferences, low impedance lines, etc..

About SEC

Saudi Electricity Company (Arabic: الشركة السعودية للكهرباء‎; SEC) is the leading power company in the Middle East. It manages the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power in Saudi Arabia through 45 power generation plants in the country. The company was formed in 2000 by Order of the Council of Ministers through a merger of existing regional electricity companies in the Central, Eastern, Western and Southern regions into a single joint stock company. SEC´s strategy is focused on implementing the Government´s policy for the development of the electricity sector in the Kingdom with the primary objective of providing safe, reliable, and cost-efficient supply of electricity to end-users

About alfanar

Headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, alfanar Group is a major player in Power and Infrastructure industry, operating several industrial activities across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa. From manufacturing wide range of LV/MV/HV electrical products such as power distribution and controls, switches, cables, transformers and lighting products to EPC solutions, conventional and renewable energy development and related engineering services, alfanar embraces the Power of Excellence in executing projects to cater to the growing local and international demand for sustainable & efficient energy

About ZIV

ZIV Aplicaciones y Tecnologia is a company based in the North of Spain offering a complete portfolio of digital protection &controlmetering, communication, monitoring and automation equipment and systems for generation, transmission and distribution electric utilities, industries and EPC contractors worldwide.  With a commitment to innovation, to an open and flexible approach, and to teamwork, ZIV has grown to become a leader in SMART SOLUTIONS for HV, MV and LV Grids – Serving customers in more than 85 countries.