In Latin America, Brazil's electricity distributor AES Eletropaulo has signed a deal with Siemens for the supply of its EnergyIP platform for meter data management system.
The deals follows an order of 62,000 Siemens smart meters in November 2014, which combined form part of the electricity distributor's smart grid programme.
A local media report states that the meter data infrastructure will allow part of Barueri city, a municipality within the metropolitan area of São Paulo, to manage its electricity consumption in real time through AES Eletropaulo's trading system, to avoid peak-time hours.
Sérgio Jacobsen, general manager of Smart Grids Siemens area, said the partnership has great potential for growth. He said: "AES Eletropaulo will have great benefits such as a reduction in direct and indirect costs through the remote disconnect functionality, data transmission in real time, increased reliability and security of supply, and revenue protection."
AES Eletropaulo launched its smart grid programme in 2013.
The initiative has five stages - from a smart grid structuring project, ‘Eletropaulo Digital’ through to distributed generation and storage, electric vehicles, smart transformer and asset management projects.
Electropaulo Digital is broken down into several components - governance, smart metering, advanced grid automation, telecommunications, customer interaction and alternative supply of energy and distributed generation.
Eletrobras - smart metering project
Meanwhile elsewhere in Brazil, in May 2015, Ciso was selected as the main supplier of communications infrastructure for the smart metering project - Energy+ managed by state-run utility Eletrobras.
The project funded by a US$319 million (Real 1.2 billion) grant from the World Bank will impact the states of Amazonas, Alagoas, Acre, Piauí, Rondônia and Roraima.
The meters use the Cisco architecture FAN (Field Area Network), which works with an advanced metering infrastructure that will connect 80,000 meters in the first phase of the project.
The project aims to improve the operational effectiveness of electric utilities by improving service quality and control of non-technical losses, which according to the National Electric Energy Agency average at 22% in northern Brazil and 10% in the northeast of the country.