Smart meters Australasia: Secure Meters and Silver Spring team on rollouts

Smart meters Australasia: Indian-based Secure Meters and US company Silver Spring are partnering on deployments in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore

In Southeast Asia, smart metering solutions company Secure Meters confirmed this week its partnership work with US smart energy platform Silver Spring Networks by discussing their joint-operations in Australasia.

The pair, which are both exhibiting at Asian Utility Week in Bangkok, spoke of delivering advanced metering solutions in Australia, where the companies have deployed more than 1.5 million networked energy meters as part of a state-wide smart metering rollout in Victoria, Australia.

Commenting on the joint-project, Babu Babel, CEO Energy at Secure Meters, said: “We were working with advanced technology and were able to quickly deal with the integration for the benefit of customers.

“This is only possible when two companies trust one another; and Silver Spring has been an exemplary partner on this front.”

Secure and Silver Spring have also partnered to deliver smart grid solutions for programmes in New Zealand and Singapore, which was recognised with the “Smart Grid Project of the Year” award at the 2014 Asian Power Awards.

Malaysia’s smart meter market

In other Southeast Asian metering news, the market for smart meters in Malaysia is projected to grow by around 12% during 2016-20, according to a report by consultancy TechSci Research.

The new data points to the major factors driving the adoption of smart meters in the country, which include the need to reduce reduce technical and commercial losses, improvements in outage management and reduction in consumption on inactive meters as well as the uptake of renewable energy.

Malaysia’s largest electricity utility Tenaga Nasional Berhad, with a customer base of 8.5 million, has been authorized by the government to conduct a pilot study on smart meters in the country.

The nationwide roll-out of smart meters is projected to commence from the first quarter of 2016 and is expected to be completed by 2023.

With an electricity access rate of 96.83% as of 2013, installation of smart meters in Malaysia is expected to increase the capabilities of power transmission and distribution utilities.

Commenting on the findings, Karan Chechi, research director at TechSci Research, said: “Malaysia is one of the fastest growing economies in South East Asia and a leading gas producer in [the] region.

“[The] growing focus on renewable sources for electricity generation in the country is projected to increase the need for smart meter deployment.

With increasing number of electricity subscribers, growing industrialization and urbanization in the country, the deployment of smart meters in Malaysia has become one of the top government priorities, and the project is expected to be completed by 2023.