Metering giant Landis+Gyr has created a strategic partnership with Norwegian software developer Powel to target customers in Scandinavia.
The pair said in a statement that the collaboration was mutually beneficial to capturing more of the market in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Gunnar Brennekasa, managing director at Landis+Gyr Norway, said: “For Landis+Gyr Norway this agreement is of importance since both Powel and L+G have been in the Norwegian market for many years and are looking forward to further develop the market.
“It is for both companies’ joint customers also important to see that with this partnership, they are getting the most for their investment.”
Meter data collection
Both Landis+Gyr and Powel will contribute to the data collecting process based on the IPv6 communication protocol.
Powel will supply meter management and meter data management system Elin to read Landis+Gyr’s smart meters over the G3 PLC network.
It will also read Land+Gyr’s head end system Gridstream.
Hans Alesund, country manger for Sweden at Landis+Gyr, said the agreement showed the company’s commitment to “openness and standardization”.
Smart meter communication
Powel has worked on more than 50 deployments in Scandinavia including a project with Validér AS, a smart metering service provider formed by 21 grid companies in the west of the Scandinavian country, to deliver an IT platform that will implement the largest smart metering project in Norway to date.
Under the agreement announced in May 2014, Powel and its sub-suppliers Oracle and e-vita, will collect meter readings from an initial 400,000 units using the Powel ELIN system.
The solution supports a wide variety of meter types and communication technologies – functionality that is believed to be central for the success of the Validér concept.
Validér will act as the service provider for smart meter operations and will manage and operate Powel’s system for collection and processing of all metering data.
The company will provide and support the integration of the central system to elhub.no and the grid companies, ERP and Network Information Systems.
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