Austrian utility opts for advanced metering

Josef Heizinger,
Linz., Austria — (METERING.COM) — May 12, 2007 – LINZ STROM of Austria has appointed Ubitronix to install Echelon’s energy management infrastructure to control electricity meters, in-home devices and city streetlights. Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) System will network 75,000 of LINZ STROM’s customers using advanced meters. The project includes an option for an additional 75,000 of their remaining 175,000 meters.

NES Value-Added Reseller Ubitronix (also of Austria), will serve as the prime contractor under the terms of the recently-concluded public tender offer. In addition to installation of the NES System, LINZ STROM will also install a LonWorks® based managed streetlight system in a segment of its territory, as well as provide direct control of in-home appliances such as hot water heaters or furnaces.

"We’re very excited to have successfully concluded a long and stringent public tender process so satisfactorily," said Josef Heizinger, CEO of LINZ STROM. "The NES system, as supplied by Ubitronix, will provide us with substantial competitive advantages in our metering market. Additionally, by extending the electricity metering infrastructure to other residential meters, and through the direct control of high-consumption devices inside the home, I believe that LINZ STROM has embarked on a truly market leading project – not only in Austria, but globally."