Telecommunication companies continue to make news in the smart grid and smart metering sectors with two new machine to machine (M2M) deals signed last week.
In Europe, Telekom Austria announced a partnership with billing and utility software company Bsf IT-Solutions in a bid to deliver a turnkey smart metering system for 23 grid operators.
Telekom Austria, which began working on Austria's first smart metering rollout in 2013, works with a coalition of vendors to deliver on deployments.
Bsf IT-Solutions adds billing solutions to smart metering hardware from Kamstrup and Kaifa, a meter data management system from German company Görlitz and A1 high-performance communications network for data transmission.
Connectivity for smart grid project
In South America, the Brazilian subsidiary of Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica has secured a deal to provide the country's state-run power group with machine-to-machine connectivity solutions.
Telefônica Vivo joins a consortium formed by Siemens, Telemont and Itron, which won a tender to develop a smart grid project for Eletrobras.
The public utility is focusing its project, Energia +, which is part-funded by the World Bank, at subsidiaries in six states of the country's north and northeast, where energy losses are the highest in the country, reaching rates of 22% and 10%, respectively.
Telefônica Vivo will supply 3G networks for the project as well as transfer data from all meters to a control centre in Brasilia before connecting it back to regional centers of the six Eletrobras subsidiaries.
Last week, Metering.com reported that Telefónica Germany is launching a new machine to machine solution for electricity and gas providers, which will see SIM cards being inserted into smart meters.
Top 20 M2M companies
Meanwhile, UK-based information analyst Visiongain has named the top 20 M2M companies in a new report in terms of initiatives being taken by the leading companies to leverage their individual market shares.
'Top 20 Machine to Machine (M2M) Companies 2015: The Internet of Things (IoT) & Connected Devices' lists the following top companies: Aeris; AT&T; China Mobile; China Unicom; Deutsche Telekom; Koninklijke KPN NV; Kore Telematics; NTT DoCoMo; Numerex; Orange; Rogers Communications; SingTel Communications; Sprint Corporation; Telecom Italia SpA; Telefónica S.A; Telenor Group; Verizon Communications; VimpelCom; Vodafone Group and Wyless.