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Sagemcom large scale smart meter roll out for Enexis

William Payne
February 3, 2016
French technology firm Sagemcom is to supply Netherlands energy supplier Enexis with LTE smart meters for a large scale roll out in throughout the Netherlands. The roll out will provide equipment for Enexis smart metering programme that is scheduled to begin in the last quarter of 2016, and will run through to 2021, with the potential to stretch through to 2026.

Based on the Netherlands DSMR4.2 specifications, these LTE adapted ESMR5.0 smart electricity meters will provide new features to enhance the communication interface with the consumer gas meters and aim to improve security for customer privacy concerns. This new solution, which complements the Enexis installed base of smart electricity meters with GPRS, offers real time information on energy consumption in order to reduce energy usage and significantly decrease energy costs for customers.

The Netherlands DSO has made the decision to adopt LTE (Long Term Evolution) as the standard mobile communication technology between the central system and its 2 million smart electricity meters, making this smart metering programme the most important LTE large scale roll out in Europe.

According to Sagemcom, these smart electricity meters will belong to the latest generation of industrial LTE, with an early deployment of LTE CAT1. In a second phase the project foresees an evolution to deliver new smart electricity meters with the evolved LTE technology for Machine-Type Communications (LTE-MTC), which enhances radio coverage for low data rate applications while still providing all the performance, economic, and longevity advantages of LTE.

Within this project, Sagemcom will participle in the Fair Meter programme, which will help Enexis contribute to sustainability in the energy sector.

According to Rutger van der Leeuw, Director Customer and Market of Enexis: "With the ESMR5.0 project and by selecting LTE as our communication technology of choice, Enexis further enhances the long term availability and quality of its smart grid. Developing the ESMR5.0 LTE smart meter is an integral part of our large scale roll out roadmap and helps us to achieve our goal of deploying smart meters to at least 90% of our customer's homes with a view on increasing awareness about energy consumption and enhancing grid management capabilities."

"This awarding emphasizes the trust & confidence Enexis has given to Sagemcom and highlights the long term relationship between our two companies. It rewards the strategic innovation investments done by the Group in the industrial M2M / IOT technologies, which has contributed to this success," said Eric Rieul, Deputy CEO of Sagemcom Energy & Telecom.