KEPCO selects partner for smart meter rollout

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South Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) has selected technology firm Arm to lead the transformation of its metering system.

Under the multi-year deal, Arm will provide KEPCO with Internet of Things software and device management, hardware IP and consulting services.

Arm’s Mbed IoT device management platform will be deployed to provide connectivity and data telemetry between 20 million devices within KEPCO’s energy network.

The deal has started with transferring the utility’s metering system from using wired connectivity to a wireless communications network.

The solution provider claims its Cortex-M33 processor and development toolkit Mbed OS will help reduce the project’s total development costs and make smart meters more secure.

The Mbed Cloud will ensure deployed intelligent devices can be managed and updated remotely.

Arm’s Mbed-Edge will enable KEPCO to deploy smart gateways and collect real time data from grid and consumer assets to analyse and optimise energy consumption.

Mbed IoT Device Management platform, Cortex and M33 will allow KEPCO to securely build, deploy and manage connected devices from the chip to cloud.

“IoT complexity is a major challenge for organisations, and they need solutions that provide security, scalability and simplicity across both hardware and software,” said Dipesh Patel, president IoT Services Group, Arm.

“Arm’s strong heritage of more than 25 years designing SoC technology and a scalable software device management platform uniquely positions us to help companies securely address IoT deployments end-to-end.”

“As part of our digital transformation project, smart utilities provide us with opportunities to increase efficiency, deliver better service to our customers, and enable new use cases, but we also must ensure we’re delivering robust security,” said Dong-Sub Kim, EVP & CTO for KEPCO.

“We chose Arm to lead our smart utilities efforts as they provide a comprehensive IoT solution for securely developing, managing, provisioning and connecting IoT devices from the chip to the cloud.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.