45,000 smart electricity meters equipped with GSM/GPRS modems are to be supplied by EDMI to global telecommunication systems vendor, Intracom Telecom, for rollout to commercial, industrial and residential low voltage customers in Greece.

This project is the first mass deployment of LV smart electricity meters in Greece covering more than 10% of the country’s electrical energy consumption, as well as renewable energy sources metering. The integration of smart meters with telemetry software will provide an advanced metering infrastructure solution, eliminating the need for onsite meter reading visits, increasing power network quality, monitoring load conditions and will offer customers daily information on their consumption at 15 minute intervals.

Set up by Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator S.A (HEDNO), a subsidiary of Public Power Cooperation that owns and operates the distribution network of electrical energy in Greece, the deployment has been awarded to the Intracom group of companies after an international tender. Bausch Datacom is also contributing with the supply of 15,000 GSM/GPRS modems.

“We are thrilled to be a partner in this first volume smart meter rollout in Greece,” said David Stroud, general manager at EDMI Europe. “Such a forward thinking project in a new market will only continue to elevate the importance of smart meters for other countries around the world.”

The implementation is the first step in an anticipated country-wide rollout that will include more than 7 million electricity meters.

To this end, HEDNO is currently running a consultation on a proposed pilot telemetering and management system for residential and small commercial consumers and the implementation of smart grids. The proposal is for an at least 160,000 smart meter pilot in seven selected areas of Greece, for the selection of an appropriate combination of meter, telecommunication and metering data collection and processing center technologies.

A secondary objective is to ensure that the data from the meter network can be utilized by other internal systems within HEDNO, including its outage and distribution management systems and others such as SAP.

Both PLC and GSM/GPRS/3G/4G technologies will be trialed in the 14-month, €39 million pilot, which will also include trials of in-home displays and consumer web and mobile portals.