New metering projects in Brazil, U.S.and Poland


San Jose, CA and Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. and Warsaw, Poland — (METERING.COM) — January 18, 2013 – In the last few days new metering projects have been announced in Brazil, the U.S. and Poland.

In Brazil Echelon and ELO Sistemas Eletrônicos have announced their involvement in the 3,400 unit Parintins City advanced meter pilot with Eletrobrás. The solution comprises a dual mode smart meter that communicates via powerline (PL) or RF through Echelon’s multipurpose expansion port (MEP). The meters will act as sensors in the distribution network, allowing the detection and immediate intervention in the event of a power failure or line tampering. Consumers will also be encouraged to shift consumption to off-peak time. With a further 12,000 advanced meters due to be installed by the end of 2013, Parintins on an Amazon island is on track to be the first city in Brazil with 100 percent smart meter coverage.

In the U.S. Itron is to supply its smart grid solution, which uses Cisco’s multi-application communications network, for National Grid’s smart grid pilot in Worcester, MA. The company is supplying 10,000 meters, supplementing the 5,000 meters deployed in the early field trial that started February 2012, as well as meter data management and other technologies.

Itron also announced an almost 200,000 residential and commercial gas meter contract with Pomerania Gas Company in north Poland. The meters will be deployed by the gas company over the next three years.

In Poland also ADD Grup’s Polish subsidiary ADD Polska with its partners T-matic and ARCUS is to deploy 310,000 Addax smart meters for the distribution system operator Energa-Operator during 2013. The €23.3 million project is the largest in Poland’s smart grid sector to date and follows an earlier deployment for the DSO of 109,000 meters. Energa-Operator aims to complete its rollout to 2.8 million customers by 2017.