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Salzburg starts smart meter deployment using Ericsson back end

Steve Rogerson
November 3, 2015
The city and federal state of Salzburg, Austria, is planning to install 470,000 smart meters, along with systems integration and support services using an IT back end from Swedish company Ericsson.
Power, water and infrastructure utility Salzburg Netz aims to have the smart meters operational at 95 per cent of its customers by 2019. The back-end deployment includes meter data management, alarm handling, workforce management, a user-friendly consumer portal interface and end-to-end testing.
The smart meter deployment is a key component in the transformation of Salzburg's power supply to include a significantly higher share of renewable energy usage, production and distribution while reducing CO2 emissions.
The integration of Ericsson's IT back end systems into the utility company's IT environment has already begun.
"We are delighted that Salzburg Netz and its customers will benefit from the early migration to smart meters, which will accelerate the implementation of effective climate protection in Austria,” said Valter D'Avino, Ericsson’s head of western and central Europe. “In the networked society, ICT has the potential to enable more economically and ecologically sustainable energy. Ericsson is therefore committed to investing in smart meters and related technology that can create lasting benefits for people, business and society."
More than 42 million smart meters are enabled by platforms developed, operated or maintained by Ericsson, with deployments in Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Estonia, among other countries.