Graz to be site of Austriaâ€™s first large-scale smart meter rollout
December 21, 2016
The first large-scale smart metering rollout in Austria will take place in the city of Graz over the next four years.
Telekom Austria Group M2M and its subsidiary A1 will carry out the roll out. Within the next four years, the A1 field service team aims to replace some 187,000 electricity meters on behalf of Stromnetz Graz, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energie Graz.
As well as the actual replacement of the current electricity meters, A1 will organise the entire manpower planning, some of the material logistics and the customer project management. The switch to smart meters involves installing three-phase and alternating current meters, plug-in terminals and small terminal boxes.
"We are very proud to have achieved a further milestone in the rollout of smart meters in Austria," said Martin Stiedl, director of field service at A1. “Our field service team, the biggest technical customer service organisation in Austria, will complete the switch to smart meters quickly and efficiently with its know-how and expertise. This guarantees maximum customer satisfaction for Stromnetz Graz customers.”
The rollout will take place from mid-2017 to the end of 2020.
"After a very intensive tendering and negotiating phase, we are delighted to have won the contract for the first large-scale smart metering rollout project in Austria," said Bernd Liebscher, managing director of Telekom Austria Group M2M’s smart metering competence centre. “The quality of our services and experience from other major projects demonstrate that we are a reliable partner for the smart meter rollout. We can provide these services throughout Austria.”
Following the first area-wide smart meter rollout in Austria – in compliance with the current legal framework – in Ybbs an der Donau in cooperation with Wüsterstrom and the deployment of the Österreich Zähler for Netz Burgenland, the collaboration with the city of Graz is another key milestone in the Telekom Austria Group's smart metering activities.
The demands on smart metering are extremely heterogeneous: densely populated urban centres, rural areas and commercial and industrial districts present very different problems for smart metering systems. The Telekom Austria Group says it can customise the planning, rollout and operation of smart meters. These include certified meters, turn-key rollout, smart data communications, meter data management and project management.