San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 15, 2013 – New projects have been secured including a 20,000 follow-on smart meter order as part of a project in Basel, Switzerland and a 1,400 smart meter pilot in Vienna, Austria by Echelon Corporation.
The Basel project, which was awarded to Echelon partner Ubitronix System Solutions GmbH, is with Industrielle Werke Basel. The ongoing project in Switzerland’s third most populous city was won based upon the positive results from last year’s 25,000-unit Echelon smart meter deployment. In addition to remote reading of metering and power quality data by the utility, consumers will gain access to current consumption and rate information, remote control of electrical loads, the ability to integrate renewables, and control of rate structure.
Installation has started and will continue through 2013.
The Vienna project is with Wien Energie Stromnetz GmbH, the largest Austrian utility with over 1 million customers, and was secured through the company’s Austrian partnership with Kapsch. The pilot – which covers Vienna, Lower Austria, and Burgenland – is expected to begin in May and is based upon extensive laboratory, safety, and internal testing of Echelon’s smart meters. The pilot will utilize Echelon’s powerline technology to measure electricity in 15-minute intervals, employing various security mechanisms, including 128 bit encryption, to ensure reliable and secure data communication and collection.
This project is the first phase for Wien Energie to fulfill Austria’s grid optimization and modernization plan to transition 95 percent its 5 million households to smart meters by 2019, a year in advance of the European Union 2020 mandate.