Austrian utility partners with telecoms firm on smart meter rollout


Under the project, the smart metering team of Telekom Austria Group M2M and the Austrian subsidiary of the Telekom Austria Group, A1 have been contracted to install  187,000 smart meters in utility’s service territory in the city of Graz.

The three-phase AC smart electricity meters will be installed by A1, a subsidiary of Telekom Austria Group.

[quote] Installation of the smart meters is expected to begin in mid-2017 through to the end of 2020.

Apart from the actual replacement of the current electricity meters, A1 will also organise the entire manpower planning, some of the material logistics and the customer project management. The switch to smart meters involves installing three-phase and alternating current meters, plug-in terminals and small terminal boxes. The project began in November 2016 and the actual rollout will take place from mid-2017 to the end of 2020.

The smart meters order is in line with efforts by Stromnetz Graz to ensure Austria equips 95% of its consumers with smart meters by 2019 in line with a framework set by the Austrian government in 2012.

The smart electric meters are expected to help Austrian energy providers to improve their management of grid systems, accuracy in billing customers and help customers to increase their energy efficiency.

“We are very proud to have achieved a further milestone in the rollout of smart meters in Austria. Our Field Service Team, the biggest technical customer service organisation in Austria, will complete the switch to smart meters quickly and efficiently with its know-how and expertise. This guarantees maximum customer satisfaction for Stromnetz Graz customers”, said Martin Stiedl, director, Field Service, A1.

Smart meters Austria

In late July, Austrian grid operators Energienetze Steiermark, Energie Graz, Energy Services and Feistritzwerke Steweag announced their cooperation in the implementation of advanced smart metering infrastructure across their distribution grids.

The Austrian grid operators said they will work with French-based technology firm Sagemcom to deploy the firm’s IPV6 Advanced Metering Infrastructure solution in their grid networks.

Sagemcom’s AMI solution comprises G3-certified smart electric meters and data gateways. [European utilities combine smart meters order]

Christian Purrer, CEO of Energie Steiermark said: “With the smart meters we go into a new area, it is not determined by suppliers and purchasers, but of a fair energy partnership. The previous test has been pleasing customers very positively about the new possibilities; we take security issues very seriously and in any case have therefore opted for the most advanced technology in this field.”