Luxembourg smart meters: Sagemcom wins in gas and electricity consortium

Luxembourg smart meters
The European country of Luxembourg has committed to equip 95% of consumers with smart electricity meters at the end of 2018 and gas at the end of 2020

French technology company Sagemcom is in the news again this week for scooping a smart meter deal in Luxembourg.

A consortium led by Sagemcom will deliver an end-to-end electricity and natural gas smart meter system with 400,000 collection points in Luxembourg.

Seven gas and electricity DSOs and Luxmetering, the organisation that develops and manages Luxembourg’s National Smart Metering System for gas, electricity and in the future for water and heat, awarded a contract to Sagemcom for 305,000 electricity meters and data concentrators.

Sagemcom said its solution uses the electricity meter as an in-house concentrator for the data collection of the gas meters using M-bus OMS 4.0.2.

All data collected by the electric smart meter will be transported to the data-concentrator using the ITU G3-PLC protocol.

For isolated areas, electric smart meters will transport data by cellular connectivity.

Luxembourg smart meters

Paul Hoffmann, CEO of Luxmetering, said: “The awarding of these contracts is a major step for Luxmetering and the seven gas and electricity DSO’s in Luxembourg and kicks off the industrial stage of the Smart Metering program for Luxembourg.

“The gas and electricity smart meters deployed all over the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg will promote the active participation of the energy consumers and contribute to the energy efficiency targets set by the Luxemburgish Government compliant to the EU energy efficiency directive.

Mr Hoffmann added: “The smart metering system is based on the communication of the electricity and gas data to a common central system, shared by all DSO’s, which will also welcome at a later stage data from water and district heat smart meters.”

IoT solution using LoRaWan

The part-employee owned Sagemcom is a French company that develops meters, data concentrators and software for the management of electricity, gas, and water.

Earlier this week, the company launched an all-encompassing Internet of Things service, covering the entire value chain from sensors to data distribution.

The IoT offering includes radio units for sensors or connected terminals, transmitters/receivers for data concentration, network core solution, radio network management services and software solutions for data redistribution to service providers.

The solution targets connected objects in hard to reach or isolated locations that consume small amounts of energy and deliver small quantities of data.

The French company chose the LoRaWAN protocol, allowing wide area network at low bit rate communication from and to connected objects. Low-power, wide-area networks support data exchange through bidirectional connection and supports variable throughputs, while offering a very good resistance to surrounding noises.