Austrian grid operators, Energienetze Steiermark, Energie Graz, Energy Services and Feistritzwerke Steweag will cooperate in the implementation of advanced smart metering infrastructure across their distribution grids.[quote]
They will be working with Sagemcom, the French technology group, to implement the system – a ‘complete IPV6 infrastructure with ITU G3- certified PLC smart meters and data gateways’. Communication will be enabled by LTE technology, and is DLMS compliant.
Austrian regulations stipulate that 95% of Austrian homes must be equipped with smart meters by the end of 2019.
Christian Purrer, CEO of Energie Steiermark says: “With the smart meters we go into a new area, it is not determined by suppliers and purchasers, but of a fair energy partnership. The previous test has been pleasing customers very positively about the new possibilities; we take security issues very seriously and in any case have therefore opted for the most advanced technology in this field.”
Martin GRAF, Executive Director of Energie Steiermark further stated: “The cooperation of Energie Steiermark with regional utilities in terms of smart meters is a clear commitment to work together in order to implement the challenges of the new energy world … A project of this magnitude requires a finely coordinated interaction.
“Although ostensibly the implementation stems from a legal requirement, we intend to use the dialogue and efficiency potential of the new meter together with our customers very intensely – in this context we will also work closely with AK and other Austrian consumer protection organisations. The examples from other federal states show that acceptance is enormous amongst customers, new transparency and self-control ensures a new energy-understanding.”
Tunisian smart metering trial
In other news, Orange, the mobile telecoms provider, announced that it would be launching Tunisia’s first smart metering pilot in partnership with STEG (the Tunisian electricity and gas utility). Running over a six month period, the pilot will include 100 smart meters installed in residential premises in Tunisia. It is envisaged the final programme could include four million smart meters when the solution is rolled out commercially across the country.
According to a company release, Orange is offering ‘smart metering as a service’ by ‘building a smart metering infrastructure that connects and manages millions of smart meters to help utility companies reduce the cost of reading meters and the risk of fraud or billing errors.’