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Norway's Lyse looks to smart meters as basis for smart home services

Iain Morris
June 10, 2014
Norwegian energy provider Lyse Elnett is to embark on a major installation of smart electricity meters in partnership with M2M specialist Telenor Connexion.

The company says the rollout will cover some 140,000 households and mark the starting point for the development of a range of smart home services.

Lyse (Stavanger, Norway) also needs to comply with Norwegian regulations requiring all customers in Norway to be equipped with smart electricity meters by January 1 2019 at the latest.

The company says the first wide-scale rollout will start at the end of this year when meters are provided to customers in the Sor-Rogaland area of the country.

It expects to have made the devices available to some 140,000 households as part of that rollout by the end of 2018.

Ultimately, the aim is to make communications units provided with the meters a hub for a range of smart home services, enabling customers to control lights, heating and a range of other appliances through the use of smartphones or tablet devices.

The smart meter will also register electricity consumption on an hourly basis and send details straight to Lyse, which will be able to let customers know exactly how much electricity they are using and what it costs.

The solution from Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden) includes both hardware and services, says Lyse, as well as virtual private network and access to real-time data for secure communications between Lyse and the electricity meters.

“We have extensive experience within the field, as we were involved in the connection and operation of almost 1 million electric meters as part of regulating the electricity market in Sweden in 2009,” said Per Simonsen, Telenor Connexion’s chief executive. “Our communication solutions are also available in several other critical services such as house alarms … and other monitoring services.”
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