Sweden boasts the world’s first ZigBee city


Gothenburg, Sweden — (METERING.COM) — October 2, 2007 – The city of Gothenburg (or Goteborg) in Sweden will soon form the world’s largest ZigBee network when it deploys the NURI AiMiR advanced meter management (AMM) system for its 270,000 homes. Goteborg Energi AB has chosen the NURI AiMiR AMM System for its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), making it the world’s first company to cover a whole city with a wireless ZigBee infrastructure for the metering services of tomorrow.

Goteborg Energi AB, one of Sweden’s largest energy companies, is creating a city-wide wireless mesh network with the AMM System. Goteborg Energi AB hopes to save millions of euros by eliminating the need to manually read electric meters at homeowners’ premises, as well as being able to bill actual usage. And as an environmentally-conscious public utility, the ZigBee AMR platform will also help it deliver sustainable energy services while reducing the impact of its operations on the environment.

The NURI AiMiR meter reading unit is based on Ember’s ZigBee technology. The unit is integrated with Ember’s ZigBee system-on-a-chip and EmberZNet networking software to create a wireless mesh network for remote metering. It will be able to remotely meter a home’s electricity usage more efficiently, accurately and at lower costs, while giving customers greater insight into their energy consumption and better customer service.

"We have continuously adopted new technologies that improve energy delivery while contributing towards the development of a sustainable society, such as the world’s first CO2-free vehicle factory we are creating with Volvo," said Tomas Arnewid, Goteborg Energi AB’s project manager. "Our city-wide ZigBee AMR network is another example of our long history as infrastructure builders. We see the ZigBee infrastructure as a great added value to our investment in the NURI advanced metering system. There is great potential for new services that can be offered by the mesh network."