Salzburg AG, one of Austria's largest energy providers, has commissioned European IT services expert Atos to lead a 470,000 smart electricity meter rollout.
Atos confirmed that it will also draw expertise from its subsidiary Atos Worldgrid based in Italy, France, Germany and Austria to fulfil 13 of the total 17 individual projects that will form part of the transition from analog meters to advanced meters.
The 95% deployment to the Salzburg AG's service area is due for completion by 2019 in line with the EU Directive 2020.
Commenting on why Salzburg AG chose Atos as its lead partner, Thomas Rieder, smart metering programme manager at Salzburg AG, said: "Atos has already gained valuable experience in the rollout process in Italy and France and we fully rely on them as our long-term partner in this complex transition.”
Atos will provide services including work on transmission protocols and concentrators up to the central data management.
Smart meter pilot
In February 2014, Metering.com reported that Salzburg AG was using Itron's OpenWay smart grid solution as part of a pilot project.
The solution includes Itron and Cisco’s jointly designed Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)-based architecture, which meets the technical and business requirements of utilities in many EU member states.
Salzburg AG will partner with the Fachhochschule Salzburg University of Applied Science (FHS-S) and the Technical University of Graz to test and evaluate the technology and its impact on the utility’s operations.
Thomas Rieder, head of smart metering at Salzburg AG, said: “Itron’s smart grid solution is the only IP-based solution that aligns with our smart grid vision.”
As a part of the project, Itron will install its IPv6-enabled smart meters and Cisco’s Connected Grid Routers, and provide hosted environments for meter data management software and Cisco’s Network Management System.
In April 2012, the Minister of Economy issued a mandatory timetable for the roll-out of smart metering services in Austria.
Electricity network operators have to convert 70 per cent of metering points to smart solutions by 2017 and 95 per cent by 2019.
Atos at European Utility Week 2014
Atos will be showcasing its solutions for the data-driven utility company at stand 1E50 in Amsterdam today.
Atos is becoming a player in the European Union-mandated rollouts of smart metering technology.
In France, international subsidiary Atos Worldgrid was responsible for the design, development and end-to-end integration of the planned deployment of gas meters in France.