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Itron, Landis+Gyr to play major roles in ERDF smart meter rollout

Iain Morris
September 9, 2014

Smart meter developers Itron and Landis+Gyr have flagged their selection to provide devices to France’s ERDF during the first phase of the utility’s Linky project, which will ultimately see 35 million meters upgraded using M2M technology over the next few years.

According to an earlier report from Reuters, the companies were chosen along with four other smart meter players – those being Sagemcom (Rueil-Malmaison, France), Maec (Cahors, France), Elster (Mainz-Kastel, Germany) and Ziv (Vizcaya, Spain) – to support the rollout of the first three million meters by ERDF.

Providing more details about its own involvement in the program, Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) says it will supply between 1.2 million and 1.6 million meters between now and the end of next year.

Landis+Gyr (Zug, Switzerland), meanwhile, says its contract is worth approximately €60 million ($77.7 million).

Both companies were chosen after participating in smart meter pilots in Tours and Lyon, with Slovenian smart meter player Iskraemeco (Krani) appearing to have missed out on subsequent contract work.

Itron says the Linky smart meters will allow consumers to better manage energy consumption and expenses by monitoring their usage in real time.

The devices will also benefit ERDF (Paris, France) by reducing the need for remote readings and improving the efficiency of operations.

They are also intended to ensure the utility meets a European Union directive requiring 80% of meters in the region to be smart by 2020.

“The award of the Linky contracts marks an important step for ERDF and launches the industrial phase of the Linky program,” said Bernard Lassus, the director of ERDF’s Linky program. “Its success is based on ERDF partnership with all involved industrial players.”

“With these smart meters, ERDF enters the digital revolution and supports the deployment of smart grids in France,” he added.

Itron believes that smart grid technology will help ERDF to improve electricity delivery and better manage its energy resources.

The Linky scheme is expected to cost more than €5 billion, or €30 per meter and €120 for each installation.

Although ERDF is stumping up the funds for the project, it believes that subsequent productivity gains will pay for the rollout.
 
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