Sibelga Elster core metering platform

Sibelga, distribution network operator for Belgium’s capital Brussels, is getting ready to implement Elster’s core platform for the utility’s remote metering program, in a bid to be smart-meter ready.

Elster has installed its EIServer solution on 9,000 commercial and industrial automated meter reading (AMR) units for the Belgian utility, together with its future-ready meter data communication and meter data management system.

The technology is part of Sibelga’s Remote Metering for the Industry programme, which Elster hopes will extend across Sibelga’s residential customer base in the next phase, with an additional 50,000 gas and electricity smart meters, said Frank Arbyn, the Sibelga project manager at Elster.

Working with legacy meters

Commenting on securing the contract, Mr Arbyn said: “Our meter data unification system solution was the only one that could interface with Sibelga’s SAP system and complex mix of C&I smart meters and legacy meters, which require a specialist means of remote communication.

He added: “We are delighted to be kick-starting this relationship with Sibelga, which is one of the most forward-thinking utilities in Europe.”

Smart meter rollouts

Elster says its EI Server platform is designed to support utilities needing to meet new market demands as smart metering rollouts, giving Sibelga the flexibility to scale its system according to its future smart metering requirements.

Arbyn said: “In the residential and C&I metering environments, use cases will become more complex and demand high performance and scalability.

“EIServer addresses these challenges by providing a simple and scalable system for managing different device types simultaneously and accommodating multi-vendor performance while enabling utilities to move towards a common information model.”

With initial implementation of Elster’s end-to-end solution complete, Sibelga’s ReMI programme will go live in October 2014.