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Atos wins smart meter contract with Austria's Salzburg AG

Iain Morris
November 11, 2014

Digital services company Atos has won a smart metering contract in Austria with energy service provide Salzburg AG.

Under the deal, Atos (Bezons, France) will manage the replacement of 470,000 old-fashioned electricity meters with up-to-date smart meters that allow customers to monitor their energy consumption in real time.

In a statement, Atos said that a team of its employees was currently at work on the transition.

The plan is to complete the installation by the end of 2019, meeting a European Union directive that smart metering technology be installed at 80% of homes premises across the region by 2020.

Austrian authorities, however, have set even more stringent requirements, demanding that utilities cover 95% of homes within the next five years.

Atos says experts it employs from Italy, France, Germany and Austria will contribute their smart energy experience and know-how during the project to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

It also insists that use of the technology will have numerous benefits for Salzburg AG and its customers.

Besides helping to save energy – by giving consumers more control over electricity consumption – the devices should also lead to improvements in grid quality and services for end users.

Customers will also be able to access details of their electricity consumption online for added convenience.

“The implementation of the smart metering rollout provides all operators with major challenges,” said Thomas Rieder, the smart metering programme manager at Salzburg AG. “After an EU-wide tender process we chose Atos as our lead partner as they excelled in terms of expertise and experience.”

“They have already gained valuable experience in the rollout process in Italy and France and we fully rely on them as our long-term partner in this complex transition,” he added.

Atos said it would cover all of Salzburg AG’s requirements during the installation process, from transmission protocols and concentrators up to central data management.
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