Belgium consortium selects Telefonica for smart meter communications


The broadband and telecoms solutions company will supply its AMI solution including smart gas, water and electric meters and communications infrastructure for rollout in municipal buildings in the city of Charleroi.

[quote] The project aims to improve energy efficiency and sustainable use of the water resource within some 250 municipal buildings in the city through real time monitoring of the networks.

The four parties including Belgium water utility Societe Wallonne des Eaux (SWDE) and the municipality of Chareroi will install some 900 smart meters which Telefonica agreed to provide its M2M tech for smart meters communication for 5 years.

According to a local publication, the solution is expected to ensure accurate billing by reducing non-revenue water, gas and electricity through fraud detection. [IoT: Tech. companies merge for IoT solutions R&D]

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The deal follows late February’s announcement by Telefonica that it expanded its M2M solution portfolio for enhanced operations of German utility companies.

In a statement, the telco announced the development and launch of its upgraded WAN solution Smart Meter Connect and CommsHub device.

The company claimed its Smart Meter Connect provides improved availability and accessibility for smart meter gateways.

The WAN transmits meter data from connected smart gas, electricity and water meters directly via the power supply system even in places utilities’ network is unavailable, stated the company statement. [Smart meters Germany: Eltel acquires U-SERVE].

Telefónica says the solution will positively help Germany utilities to acquire data from smart meters connected in basements as the CommsHub  allow smart meter communication with utilities via the Internet of Things (IoT).

Utilities can plug CommsHub into existing intelligent metering systems resulting in the Hub creating a direct connection to the mobile network for transmission of meter data to the utility.

Telefónica said the development comes after an “extensive survey has shown that a mere 75% of electricity and gas meters in the Federal Republic of Germany can be reached with even one of the existing mobile networks.”



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