E.ON to move smart metering IT infrastructure to the cloud


Ehningen, Germany and Armonk, NY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 12, 2013 – E.ON Metering is to move its smart metering IT infrastructure to a private cloud in order to improve the integration of renewable and decentralized energy sources, while also allowing delivery of personalized services that will put customers in better control of their energy usage.

E.ON Metering, a company of E.ON, one of the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas companies, will use IBM’s Intelligent Energy Service Enablement Platform (IESEP) to improve the deployment and management of smart meters, simplify the integration of renewables, and other innovative services, while at the same time maintaining a high level of customer service.

E.ON will migrate and host the infrastructure in a private cloud using IBM SmartCloud, at one of IBM’s data centers in Germany. At the same time, the new platform will be upgraded with new analytics and management tools based on IBM software that will allow E.ON to provide higher value-added data services for customers. For example, customers will have the ability to view their usage profiles for information about time-of-use-rates and changes in use patterns that can be compared with historical data.

“We now have the tools to make much more comprehensive use of the technical possibilities that smart metering opens up both for the customers and for the business,” said Robert Pflugl, managing director of E.ON Metering GmbH. “The two companies are combining their competencies in energy management and data processing in order to offer the best solutions to the future challenges of the energy turnaround.”

The initiative is aimed at developing a new and innovative system that will lay foundations for future business decisions and individual service offerings for E.ON customers and for the further development of business models.

The first target markets are Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but the companies aim to further market the new platform jointly in other international markets.

Munich-based E.ON Metering is a provider of products and solutions in the field of smart metering, smart grid, smart home and demand side management.