Brussels, Belgium — (METERING.COM) — May 14, 2013 – PRIME, as a communications technology, is now used in 2 million deployed meters across Europe – a milestone met earlier than predicted, the PRIME Alliance has announced.
Widespread deployments underline the maturity of the PRIME technology. At the beginning of the year, Energa-Operator, one of the largest utilities in Poland, chose PRIME technology for their continued metering rollout. Energa-Operator will install 310,000 single and three phase PRIME smart meters from ADD Grup.
Currently there are 15 different companies that have PRIME certified products, with 23 different meters and chipsets having passed PRIME certification with the independent laboratories DNV Kema or Tecnalia.
In addition to Iberdrola, which led the initial consortium of companies that formed the PRIME Alliance, EDP, the largest utility in Portugal, and Gas Natural Fenosa, Spain have replaced over 600,000 old electric meters with PRIME technology from 10 different manufacturers, have considerable experience with PRIME.
PRIME is a fully open, license free, multi-vendor interoperable PLC system based on non-proprietary telecommunications architecture which supports present and future AMM functionalities. Already an International standard published as Recommendation ITU-T G.9904, as well as a Normative Annex of IEEE P1901.2 standard and powerline carrier communications technology within CENELEC Band A, PRIME is also one of the technologies selected by CENELEC for standardisation under the European Commission’s mandate M/441.