In Eastern Europe, Polish distribution system operator PGE Dystrybucja has awarded a contract for 50,000 smart meters to a consortium of ADD GRUP companies. The Polish DSO, which has a customer base of 5.2 million customers, has contracted ADD Polska, ADD Production and ADD Bulgaria to supply the meters for a pilot project in Białystok, a city in northeastern Poland, and Łódź, the third largest city in the country.
In a statement, ADD GRUP said PGE Dystrybucja is running the pilot on about 1% of its metering base in a bid to determine the impact on reducing operational costs and improving the quality of power supply.
The utility's pilot sites will range from rural areas to densely populated city districts providing different environments that will present an additional challenge for the project.
ADD GRUP will provide its new generation of meters and data concentrators based on a Universal Hardware Platform that supports PRIME v1.3.6 with possibility for upgrade to v1.4 and G3-PLC.
The rollout also includes integration with a third-party head end system and cellular operator.
Smart meters in Eastern Europe
ADD GRUP, headquartered in Moldova, is establishing a foothold in Eastern Europe's smart metering market.
The company has already deployed 420,000 meters for Energa Operator in Poland and in September 2014, signed an agreement with Baltic electricity services company Latvenergo and installation company ELKO to deploy an advanced metering infrastructure system (AMI) to cover up to 100,000 customers.
In October 2015, the metering manufacturer confirmed a deal this week with Thales, a critical information systems and cybersecurity company.
ADD Grup will use Thales KeyAuthority to protect and manage the cryptographic keys used to secure data exchange between smart meters, in home displays and the central system.