Ericsson wins smart metering contract with E.ON

German energy group E.ON has awarded a contract to Ericsson to provide a hosted solution involving more than half a million smart metering points throughout Sweden, as it seeks to harness big data and smart grid solutions for its customers.

The five-year deal, which includes consulting and systems integration services, involves gathering data from energy meters and providing it to E.ON’s internal IT environment, with data to be exported on a daily basis, increasing data delivery by 3000%.

The solution combines managed services, consulting and systems integration services and includes meter reading and control, meter management, meter monitoring, Service Layer Agreement (SLA) management, work force management, asset management, business process management, as well as field services and an operations centre.

Regulations within the European Union now require utilities to deploy smart metering in order to ensure the first steps towards Smart Grids and more efficient energy usage.

Commenting on the deal with Ericsson, Per-Olof Lindholm, management director at E.ON Elnät Sverige, said: “In the long term, we believe empowered consumers will be more efficient in their energy usage and this will result in a more sustainable society.”

Ericsson is already supplying clients in Estonia and Italy with solutions and services for smart grids, after helping to spearhead the development of smart metering and grids in its native Sweden.

Jean-Paul Krivine, project director of smart energy – smart home at French energy supplier EDF, recently told IP&TV News that he believes energy companies are obliged to help their customers to create energy-efficient smart homes – more details here.

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