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Sagemcom leads smart meter roll out in Styria

Steve Rogerson
August 9, 2016
 
An Austrian distribution system consortium is deploying smart metering in Styria in the south-east of the country using technology from French IoT company Sagemcom.
 
Sagemcom will supply its AMCS advanced meter communications system to the consortium of Austrian grid operators including Energienetze Steiermark, a subsidiary company of Energie Steiermark, Energie Graz, Energy Services and Feistritzwerke Steweag.
 
"Up to €150m from this project goes directly to the Styrian economy, whilst the three-year installation phase nationwide means more than 200 jobs are secured,” said Christian Purrer, CEO of Energie Steiermark. “Also the inner parts of the smart meter have been developed in our state. In the coming years we will be developing new products and tariffs for interested customers to offer more flexible options and to use jointly better alternative feeding possibilities. With the smart meters we go into a new area not determined by suppliers and purchasers, but of a fair energy partnership. The previous test has been pleasing customers very positively about the new possibilities.”
 
The smart-metering infrastructure will modernise the electricity distribution grids to help meet the country's regulation that at least 95 per cent of Austrian homes must be equipped with smart meters by the end of 2019. 
 
In this project, Sagemcom will provide a complete IPv6 infrastructure with ITU G3- certified PLC smart meters and data gateways linked to the Sagemcom's head-end system. The LTE technology will complement the installation of G3-PLC smart electricity meters for the use in isolated areas. There will also be future proof DLMS end-to-end security to address customers with privacy concerns.
 
“We take security issues very seriously and in any case have therefore opted for the most advanced technology in this field," said Purrer.
 
Energie Steiermark is one of the largest service providers in Austria with 1700 employees and approximately 600,000 customers. The company relies exclusively on renewable energy from water, wind, solar and biomass.
 
"The cooperation of Energie Steiermark with regional utilities in terms of smart meters is a clear commitment to work together to implement the challenges of the new energy world together for Styria efficiently,” said Martin Graf, executive director of Energie Steiermark. “A project of this magnitude requires a finely coordinated interaction. Although ostensibly the implementation stems from a legal requirement, we intend to use the dialogue and efficiency potential of the new meter together with our customers very intensely. In this context we will also work closely with AK and other Austrian consumer protection organisations. The examples from other federal states show that acceptance is enormous among customers. New transparency and self-control ensures a new energy-understanding."
 
A French high-tech group with international dimensions, Sagemcom operates in the broadband, smart city and IoT markets, and was a founding member of the LoRa Alliance. With revenue of around €1.3bn, Sagemcom employs 4200 people on five continents.
 
"With this second success in Austria, Sagemcom confirms the recognition of its expertise on the latest smart metering as well as its capability to carry out dimensioning projects,” said Eric Rieul, deputy CEO of Sagemcom. “Sagemcom is very proud to be a long term technology partner to the Austrian power grid operators of Styria to support their goal of deploying smart meters with a view on increasing the ability of the end consumer to control energy consumption and enhancing grid management capabilities.”