Deal news: S&T supplies smart meters to Polish consortium, Itron wins in Italy

Smart meter news
Poland and Italy are advancing their metering rollouts with deals announced this week with Austria’s S&T Group and Itron

In European deal news, IT solutions company S&T has secured a deal to supply 120,000 smart meters and a data management system in a contract valued at EUR 10 million to the Smart City Wroclaw project.

S&T Group’s smart energy division based in Poland will supply the smart meters and the
integration of the head-end software systems required to operate the data center as part of a consortium working on the smart city project.

S&T joins a group including South Korea’s LG Group and Polish IT company WorldIT Systems, Eltel Networks and Eltel Poland.

The utility client, Tauron Dystrybucja, is expected to launch a further tender for 5 million electricity meters when the first phase of the pilot completes in 2016.

The new contract to rollout meters across southern Poland is reportedly valued at US$500 million.

Smart gas meters

Meanwhile, Linea Distribuzione, a natural gas provider in eight provinces in Northern Italy, has commissioned Itron to modernize its gas distribution system.

Linea Distribuzione will pilot Itron’s ChoiceConnect Network solution, marking the first deployment of the solution in Europe.

Itron will deploy and operate the technology in the city of Crema to manage approximately 17,000 meters in a bid to help Linea Distribuzione comply with the European Union’s smart metering directive as implemented into the Italian mandate for the rollout of smart meters.

With the fixed network solution, which is based on the recently assigned European band of 169MHz, Linea Distribuzione and its customers will have access to meter data through the solution’s two-way communication technology.