M2M providers join Austria and Brazil smart meter rollout consortia


M2M smart metering deals Austria and BrazilTelecommunication 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.