Partnership to develop smart metering in Germany


Stuttgart and Düsseldorf, Germany — (METERING.COM) — December 15, 2009 – A partnership has been entered into between Vodafone Germany and Alcatel-Lucent to work together to develop an extensive offer for the German market that makes smarter use of energy by enabling consumers to access real-time information about their energy usage and make more informed decisions about their energy consumption of electricity, gas and water.

Both subsidiaries will be marketing the smart metering offer as a managed service through their respective sales organizations and will promote the benefits that this service can bring to the energy sector.

The smart metering managed service will enable German utilities to adhere to recent and forthcoming European Union rules and will be implemented for the first time by Stadtwerke Pasewalk, a municipal utility that operates in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

For this new service offering Alcatel-Lucent, through its German subsidiary, is providing its Smart Metering Management System SMM 8617 as well as its services expertise to integrate all the components of the planned smart metering service into a seamless solution, including the connection to the operational management systems of energy suppliers (Enterprise Resource Planning – ERP and Energy Data Management – EDM).

Vodafone Germany provides a secure connection between the intelligent meters and the Smart Metering Management System. This machine-to-machine communication (M2M) will be realized over a fixed line DSL connection or a wireless GPRS connection and will be managed over a highly available M2M service platform.

“The M2M communications market is expanding and smart metering is one of the most promising segments in the future, not alone because of EU rules,” said Thomas Strehl, senior business development manager industry and new business at Vodafone Germany. “We are present in this segment in Germany with strong partners like Alcatel-Lucent and our specialized M2M product portfolio.”

Underlining the benefits of the partnership, Christof Hecker, Alcatel-Lucent’s head of the Global Vodafone Account and VP of Sales for Germany, Benelux and Eastern Europe added: “The partnership will enable our customers to shape energy demand patterns in the future and meet their ‘green agenda’ by integrating our smart metering service offering.”

The German subsidiaries of Vodafone and Alcatel-Lucent intend to develop their cooperation beyond the energy supplier market and are working closely on innovative smart metering solutions that would apply to the health care field, specifically in patient monitoring or for applications in the development of electric cars.