Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Vodafone and Alcatel-Lucent team on Smart Metering in Germany

Vodafone Germany and Alcatel-Lucent are collaborating on a smart meter solution for the German utility market.

In this engagement Alcatel-Lucent, through its German subsidiary, is providing its Smart Metering Management System SMM 8617 as well as its services expertise to integrate all the components of the planned smart metering service into a seamless solution, including the connection to the operational management systems of energy suppliers (Enterprise Resource Planning - ERP and Energy Data Management -- EDM).

Vodafone Germany provides a secure connection between the intelligent meters -- installed in consumer households -- and the Smart Metering Management System. This type of Machine-to-Machine-Communication (M2M) will be realized over a fixed-line DSL connection or a wireless GPRS connection and will be managed over a highly available M2M service platform.

"The Machine-to-Machine communications market is expanding and smart metering is one of the most promising segments in the future, not alone because of EU rules. We are present in this segment in Germany with strong partners like Alcatel-Lucent and our specialized M2M product portfolio," says Thomas Strehl, Senior Business Development Manager Industry & New Business, Vodafone Germany.

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