Swedish Utility Halmstad opts for advanced metering system


Halmstad, Sweden and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 18, 2008 – Swedish utility Halmstad Energi och Miljö AB has selected Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering system for updating its customer base of 38,000 electricity meters. Echelon Corporation is a provider of networking technology that is used to manage and reduce energy consumption

The project, which began late in the fourth quarter of 2007, has been awarded to NES value-added reseller partner ES Mätteknik AB. Building on the smart grid concept enabled by the NES system, the Halmstad project will not only utilize a number of advanced metering applications provided by ES, but will also use the NES system as a backbone for a supervisory, control and data acquisition (SCADA) application for electricity transformer supervision. This SCADA application, provided by Powel, along with the metering applications provided by ES, will run on top of the NES system software. This open web services interface makes it easy to integrate multiple applications onto the system.

“ES is very pleased to expand our advanced metering systems business with this win,” said Thomas Lundgren, project manager at ES. “By leveraging the success we have had with the NES system at E.ON, we can cost-effectively bring to smaller Swedish utilities the market-leading technologies and services that we have perfected in large-scale deployment. As the Swedish market moves towards replacing all of its meters by July 2009 to comply with government regulations, we see an exciting opportunity for ES to serve the many utilities that have yet to initiate or complete their meter replacement programs.”

A key feature of the NES system demonstrated by this project is the power of its open web services application programming interface (API). This scalable, standards-based interface enables multiple applications to be integrated quickly and easily onto the system and to simultaneously access system data and services. Integration costs can be reduced by using standard enterprise application technology, enabling utilities to extract more value from their advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) investment.

In Halmstad, these benefits are demonstrated by the municipality’s ability to tender separately for the SCADA system. Rather than having to install parallel, redundant infrastructure, Powel will be able to build on the metering system as the foundation for its SCADA application. “Through the NES system’s web services API we are able to access information beyond a typical simple metering system. This enables us to deliver to our customers the high quality distribution monitoring and supervisory control systems that they have come to rely on from Powel,” Lundgren concluded.