Johannesburg, South Africa — (METERING.COM) — September 23, 2011 – South Africa’s national utility Eskom has selected Landis+Gyr South Africa for its first smart metering project, which will deploy 5,000 meters during 2011 according to the company’s latest newsletter.
The smart metering solution comprises the DC450 data concentrator, E450 smart meter, P350 in-home display and L550 remote load switch set. The data concentrator, smart meter and in-home displays have been successfully deployed in numerous smart metering rollouts around the world. However, the remote load switch has been specifically engineered by Landis+Gyr’s South African R&D team to meet the demand side management needs of South African metros and municipalities. In South Africa the meter is typically installed outside in a street side meter kiosk. This type of installation environment requires the use of a two-way solution with the technological intelligence the L550 offers.
“This smart metering project is the first and most important step for Landis+Gyr in South Africa towards achieving its goal to be the leading provider of integrated smart metering solutions in Africa that help our customers manage energy better,” says Harold Hayes, Landis+Gyr South Africa’s chief technical officer.
The demand for smart metering solutions in South Africa is driven by legislation requiring the installation of smart meters for residential consumers with a monthly usage of 1,000 kWh or more by January 2012.