National utility Israel Electric Company (IEco) has chosen Israeli smart metering company PowerCom to supply a smart grid solution for a pilot project.

PowerCom has won an order to install around 700 households with smart meters, PLC and GPRS communications, meter data management software as well as in-home displays.

This forms part of IEco’s smart city pilot project aimed at evaluating best practice architecture for future smart grid implementation nationwide in Israel, said Joseph Wittman, VP business development of PowerCom, commenting on the deal. 

Mr Wittman said: “By using our advanced metering infrastructure solutions based on the Dynamic PLC technology developed by PowerCom, IEco will receive a cost-effective and reliable communications system to support, in addition to remote meter readings, near real-time alerts on non-technical losses.

“The company will also benefit from energy efficiency and more efficient customer service through the provision of consumption data made available to the customer via the in-home display and the online customer portal.”

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