Software development cooperation agreement signed


Andreas Umbach,
President & COO,
Walldorf, Germany and Zug, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — February 4, 2009 – A software development cooperation agreement has been concluded between SAP and Landis+Gyr to develop a meter data unification and synchronization (MDUS) system.

Under the agreement Landis+Gyr’s advanced metering infrastructure will be integrated with the SAP® for Utilities solution portfolio using enterprise services. The integration will enable certain end-to-end business processes – from the meter to the business applications – and deliver a new level of transparency and availability of energy data that can enable higher process and energy efficiency for energy utilities.

Liberalization and deregulation of energy markets has led to various new tasks being developed in the areas of meter data aggregation, billing and customer services.

“This is the reason why we have proceeded with this agreement,” said Andreas Umbach, president and COO of Landis+Gyr, “With a highly scalable and sophisticated interface, energy utilities may profit from leveraging one comprehensive solution that functions along side the value chain. This will undoubtedly increase our customers’ competitiveness in next generation markets.”

The new state-of-the-art MDUS system will act as the conduit between Landis+Gyr’s advanced metering management (AMM) head-end system and SAP’s comprehensive business software for utilities, including the SAP® AMI Integration for Utilities software, covering functions such as billing and customer relation management.

The MDUS system will be highly scalable and able to work with the smallest utilities and metering systems of anywhere up to several million metering points. It will deliver a high degree of data transparency with bi-directional flow of information and control.

“The increased focus on energy efficiency and the introduction of smart meters mark a paradigm shift for utilities, requiring interoperability of technical metering systems and commercial solutions,” said Stefan Engelhardt, head of Utilities Industry Business Unit, SAP AG. “The integration of Landis+Gyr’s MDUS with SAP for Utilities will enable joint customers to bridge this gap effectively and increase their return on investment significantly.”