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ZIV, a CG Group company, has been selected by Dutch network operator Enexis to develop and supply smart electricity meters in the Netherlands based on LTE technology.According to a company release, ZIV has been selected as key player by Enexis for rollout of its ESMR5.0 smart meters with embedded communications technology. The company claims to offer complete solutions based on advanced communication  technologies and provides interoperable AMI solutions including smart meters and infrastructure.

Security and communication features

Enexis has taken the decision to adopt LTE (Long Term Evolution) as the standard mobile communication technology between the headend system and its 2 million smart electricity meters. A strategic and innovative decision to deploy smart meters that implement new features to enhance the communication interface with the consumer gas meters and also integrate security features that aim to improve security for customer privacy concerns.

LTE communication technology

LTE technology (also known as 4G cellular) provides a reliable connectivity option for smart metering infrastructure. It is a global standard delivered by 3GPP in R8, and cellular operators are deploying their LTE networks all over the world. It will enable the dramatic expansion of M2M communication applications due to its low cost, high bandwidth and reliable coverage.

According to Marco Wiltjer, director, Customer and Market of Enexis: “With the ESMR5.0 project and by selecting LTE as our communication technology of choice, Enexis further enhances the long term availability and quality of its smart grid. Developing the ESMR5.0 LTE smart meter is an integral part of our large scale roll out roadmap and helps us to achieve our goal of deploying smart meters to at least 90% of our customer’s homes with a view on increasing awareness about energy consumption and enhancing grid management capabilities.”

Commenting on this award, ZIV president, Norberto Santiago, added: "We thank Enexis for the confidence and trust put on ZIV. We will contribute to the success of the Dutch smart grid deployment with our effort and a collaborative spirit to meet its demanding requirements of quality and performance. This new award reinforces ZIV position as a high tech player in the smart grid domain."