Iskraemeco secures 95,000 smart meter order in Austria

This week, global smart metering provider Iskraemeco secured two contracts for supply of its Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution in Austria.

In a press statement, the Slovenia based AMI provider said it will supply power utilities Karnten Netz GmbH (KNG) and Stadtwerke Kapfenberg GmbH, with a collective 95,000 electric meters over the next two years.

Iskraemeco will be assisted by partner company Siemens AG Osterreich, in the smart meter deployment.

The company’s AM550 smart electricity meters will be enabled by G3-PLC communication technology, with smart meter deliveries set to begin at the end of 2016.

Commenting on the AMI project, Gerald Obernosterer, smart metering project manager at KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH, said: “The implementation of a smart metering system will significantly improve the level of energy efficiency in our system. It will enable the development of distributed generation that will play a major role in the future energy market.”

[quote] In a bid to to promote higher involvement of end-consumers in their energy consumption, Karnten Netz GmbH plans to launch an online portal which consumers will use to access their power consumption information.

Obernosterer added: “We were convinced by state-of-the art smart meters from Iskraemeco and the vast experience the company has in smart metering.” [Iskraemeco supplies SEC with 55,000 smart meters]

In addition to the 95,000 AM550 smart meters purchased, Iskraemeco said it is likely that it will provide the Austrian utilities with an additional 250,000 smart meter units before 2024.

Smart meters in Austria

The news follows announcement by Austrian utility Salzburg Netz that it selected global M2M company Ericsson as the primary firm to provide back end IT solutions for the utility’s AMI project in the city and federal state of Salzburg.

According to a company statement, the solution comprising meter data management, alarm handling, workforce management, a user-friendly consumer portal interface and comprehensive end-to-end testing, will operate some 470,000 smart meters planned to be deployed by the utility through to 2019.

The deal is expected to benefit 95% of Salzburg Netz’s consumers and Ericsson has already started deployment and integration of its solution in the utility’s IT environment.

The development will allow the transformation of Salzburg’s power supply to include a significantly higher share of renewable energy usage, production and distribution while reducing CO2 emissions.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.