LTE smart meters set for large deployment in the Netherlands
French firm Sagecom to provide smart meters with mobile LTE Cat1 technology to utility companies
Dutch power networks operator Enexis Netbeheer has started to deploy French firm Sagemcom’s smart meters with mobile LTE Cat1 communication technology.
The French firm said this massive rollout follows achievements in between Enexis Netbeheer and Sagemcom including final system integration, field test period monitoring and LTE Cat1 radio performance completeness proven by a third party accredited laboratory.
Through the use of wireless Mbus communication, Sagemcom ESMR5 smart electricity meters are fully interoperable with all ESMR5 compliant smart gas meters. This combination of smart electricity and gas meters will offer real time information on energy consumption in order to reduce energy usage and significantly decrease energy costs for customers, Sagemcom said.
”We are eager to speed up the roll out with Sagemcom ESMR5 smart electricity meters and we would like to highlight the quality of the partnership with Sagemcom, which has demonstrated its ability to collaborate with Enexis Netbeheer by designing, implementing and producing the smart electricity meters in full compliancy with ESMR5 specifications,” Haico Hangx, program manager smart meter development at Enexis Netbeheer, said.
“Sagemcom is very proud to be a long term technology and industrial partner to Enexis. It is also key for us to demonstrate one more time that by choosing Sagemcom our customers have the warranty to fulfill their ambition for smart metering roll out and grid management capabilities,” Jean-Philippe Sacriste, director of Sagemcom energy department, said.
Enexis is the regional network operator in the north, east and south of the Netherlands. The company is tasked with the development and construction of gas and power distribution networks and the maintenance and management of these networks. Acting as the link between the customer and the energy supplier, Enexis is responsible for the supply of energy to more than 2.7 million customers across the Netherlands.
Sagemcom designs and manufactures communication terminals and mainly operates on the broadband (digital home, set-top boxes, internet routers, telephony and multimedia terminals), smart city (smart meter, smart grid, smart infra, smart sites and smart services), and internet of things markets.