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Frederiksberg Forsyning A/S entered into an agreement with smart infrastructure developer Eltel to implement an automated metering infrastructure (AMI) project.Under the AMI project, Eltel will deploy its wireless IoT network to provide the utility firm with remote control of its smart electric, gas and heating meters.

The project is expected to run through to the end of 2017.

In a combined statement, Frederiksberg Forsyning A/S said the project falls under efforts to modernise its grid system through adoption of smart grid technologies.

The Danish utility firm wants to use the smart metering technology to accurately bill its consumers and ensure grid reliability through real-time management of its electricity distribution system.

The power company will use the AMI project as a foundation to increase its energy capacity generated from renewable energy sources.

In addition to deploying its wireless IoT network, Eltel agreed to implement maintenance services of the network for 12 months after its deployment.

Thorbjörn Sagner, president of Aviation and Security at Eltel, said: “This kind of networks show the way into the new future of Infranets and now we see more concrete applications in practice..”

Danish smart meter rollout

The news follows an announcement made in the last quarter of 2015 by Eltel, that it joined a consortium to assist DONG Energy and Kamstrup in deploying smart meters in Denmark.

In a press statement, Eltel said it signed a EUR20 million deal to be one of two firms to partner with metering manufacturer Kamstrup to deploy part of one million smart electricity meters in Copenhagen and its surrounding areas.

The project was reported to be the largest smart meter rollout in Denmark. Under the project, DONG Energy was selected to implement a smart meters pilot project as from the first quarter of 2016 through to the first quarter of 2017.

The selection of ELTEL followed an announcement by Kamstrup during Q1 of 2015 of the signing of a contract with DONG Energy for the provision of communication devices at grid substations and smart meters in private households. [Smart meters Germany: Eltel acquires U-SERVE].

Juha Luusua, president of Eltel Power Distribution, said: "The project execution will be based on Eltel’s extensive experience from previous projects in Denmark and other Nordic countries."

 

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