In Europe, global machine-to-machine company Telit Communications has won a contract with a smart electric meter vendor based in the Netherlands.
Under the US$30 million contract, Telit will supply code division multiple access (CDMA) 450 MHz modules for the development of smart electric meters to be deployed in the Netherlands by an unnamed energy company, according to London-based publication AllianceNews.
Telit reportedly said the smart electricity meters will be deployed nationwide beginning in 2016 over a five-year period.
Telit is a supplier of Internet of Things technology that aims to allow electrical utilities to better balance their energy supply and demand during peak and off-peak times.
Smart meter authorisation
The development comes after the Netherlands Telecommunication Agency in March announced its new role as the control agency of smart metering in the Netherlands.
The agency overseeing wireless and wired spectrum rights will authorise developments regarding smart electric meters in a similar mode to Verispect, a Dutch organisation that forms part of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).
The Netherlands Telecommunication Agency is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Smart meter rollout
In other smart electric meter developments in the Netherlands, in September, distribution grid operators teamed together to offer joint tenders to fulfil the Dutch smart electric meters national rollout programme.
Liander, Stedin, DELTA Netwerkbedrijf and Westland Infra have ordered smart electric and gas meters based on the Dutch Smart Meter SMR5 specifications from Swiss smart meter provider Landis+Gyr.
The tenders will result in Dutch utilities deploying 3 million smart electric meters between 2016 and 2020 in a bid to reach the targets on smart meter adoption set by the Dutch Ministry of Affairs.
By 2020, the Netherlands plans to have 15 million smart gas and electricity meters installed as part of a national rollout following a successful smart meter pilot carried out in 2014.