The mandate for smart meters in the European Union was issued in March of 2009. Since that time, 30 European countries have established more than 281 smart grid projects and close to 90 smart metering pilots and rollouts. The goal is to have smart meters in 80 percent of the homes by 2020 and 100 percent by 2022, but some countries have set more ambitious goals for earlier deadlines.
) Metering, a provider of products and solutions in the field of smart metering, smart grid, smart home and demand side management, has selected IBM and its Intelligent Energy Service Enablement Platform (IESEP) to help the company improve the deployment and management of smart meters.
As more companies compete for the marketplace that is being generated because of the EU mandate, they are forming alliances with technology companies to ensure the platform meets all the requirements set out by the EU Commission.
By selecting IBM (News - Alert), E.ON will be able to simplify the integration of renewables, deliver new and innovative services, and provide personalized customer service that will give each household more control of their energy use.
IBM will provide the company with its SmartCloud technology so it can migrate and host the infrastructure and private cloud at one of IBM's data centers in Germany. IBM software will be used to upgrade the new platform with analytics and management tools giving E.ON the ability to provide improved value added data services to its customers. The platform is designed to be flexible with scalability for low startup operational costs and future growth.
"We now have the tools to make much more comprehensive use of the technical possibilities that smart metering opens up both for the customers and for the business. The two companies are combining their competencies in energy management and data processing in order to offer the best solutions to the future challenges of the energy turnaround," said Robert Pflugl, managing director of E.ON Metering GmbH.
The initial target markets will be Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with plans to expand into other markets by continuing this joint venture together. Both organizations hope further development of business models with this architecture, which is designed to work with standard components and capable of supporting third party integration as other markets are introduced.
"Real-time data evaluation in a smart grid is growing increasingly important for energy enterprises due mainly to the rising use of renewable energy. Continued focus on data analysis and process optimization will lead to more growth and greater efficiency in the industry," said Martin Hauske, head of Energy Business at IBM Germany.
E.ON smart metering will provide many new benefits including:
- Data transfer using power line communication as well as general packet radio service (GPRS) and remote spontaneous queries by radio (GPRS) and routine remote reading of quarter hour values via the control center
- Measurement of consumption according to preset billing periods
- Archiving of data of the last 24 months from the date of commission of each meter with data security using multi-level encryption technology
- Open, multipurpose system independent of meter manufacturer
- Automatic reading of data for invoicing including market communication and generation of consumption profiles to represent data in customer portal
- Consumption of data in real time by direct mobile transfer to in-home display or customer's computer
Edited by Alisen Downey