Echelon announces first advanced metering deployment in Germany


Frits Bruggink,
Senior Vice-President
& General Manager,
Service Provider Group,
Hassfurt, Germany and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 4, 2008 – The public utility of Hassfurt has awarded a contract to Echelon’s NES value-added reseller partner EVB Energie AG to provide all of its 10,000 customers with an advanced metering infrastructure over the next three years. This represents the first full-scale roll-out of Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) system in Germany. Hassfurt, a multi-utility provider, does not anticipate any rate increases to consumers as a result of the project.

Germany recently proposed a new energy law requiring all new and remodeled homes to be equipped with smart meters by 2010 to promote energy conservation and efficiency.

“Stadtwerk Hassfurt is taking the lead in providing the most advanced smart metering solution to its customers," said Frits Bruggink, Echelon’s senior vice-president and general manager, service provider group. “We’re pleased that they have chosen our partner, EVB Energie AG, as the provider of the system. Building on a large volume of successful pilots and trials, this project represents the first full-scale roll-out of Echelon’s NES System in Germany, and we’re excited to enter this energy-conscious market.”

"For the public utility of Hassfurt, smart metering is not only a digital metering system, but an instrument for process optimization and customer relationship management. Furthermore, the management of Stadtwerk Hassfurt sees this instrument as an enabler of a new business segment. Only by using innovative technologies will medium-sized utility companies be able to survive in the German energy market," said Johannes Alte-Teigeler, chairman at EVB Energie AG.

The NES advanced metering infrastructure from Echelon consists of a family of highly integrated, advanced electronic electricity meters accessed via a web services based network operating system over an IP networking infrastructure. Unlike systems with a dedicated radio per metering point, multiple NES meters can share a single IP connection through the use of Echelon’s proven standards-based power line networking technology. This drives down the per-point connection cost and enables the system to easily and cost-effectively incorporate new wide area networking technologies over the life of the system. The system’s open interfaces allow the system to be cost-effectively expanded, adapted, and customized in ways unlike any competing system.

The NES system’s web services-based network operating system provides a standards-based platform for enterprise applications and integration that enables applications to be quickly and cost-effectively deployed. Open interfaces within NES meters enable a market for third-party add-ons that can expand and enhance the functionality of the meters, much as open interfaces in personal computers have lead to an explosion of plug-in and external devices that transform the functionality of PCs.