Sagemcom has been selected for the development and supply of the ESMR5.0 smart electricity meters in the Netherlands, which will contribute to the smart metering program of Enexis for the period Q4 2016 – 2021 (with optional extensions to 2026).
Based on the Dutch DSMR4.2 specifications, these LTE adapted ESMR5.0 smart electricity meters will provide new features to enhance the communication interface with the consumer gas meters and aim to improve security for customer privacy concerns. This new solution, which complements the Enexis installed base of smart electricity meters with GPRS, offers real time information on energy consumption in order to reduce energy usage and significantly decrease energy costs for customers.
The Dutch DSO has made the decision to adopt LTE (Long Term Evolution) as the standard mobile communication technology between the central system and its 2 million smart electricity meters, making this smart metering program the most important LTE large scale roll out in Europe. These smart electricity meters will belong to the latest generation of industrial LTE, with an early deployment of LTE CAT1. In a second phase the project foresees an evolution to deliver new smart electricity meters with the evolved LTE technology for Machine-Type Communications (LTE-MTC), which enhances radio coverage for low data rate applications while still providing all the performance, economic, and longevity advantages of LTE.
Moreover, within this project, Sagemcom will participle in the Fair meter concept, which will help Enexis to contribute to sustainability in the energy sector.
According to Rutger van der Leeuw, Director Customer and Market of Enexis: “With the ESMR5.0 project and by selecting LTE as our communication technology of choice, Enexis further enhances the long term availability and quality of its smart grid. Developing the ESMR5.0 LTE smart meter is an integral part of our large scale roll out roadmap and helps us to achieve our goal of deploying smart meters to at least 90% of our customer‘s homes with a view on increasing awareness about energy consumption and enhancing grid management capabilities.“
“This awarding emphasizes the trust & confidence Enexis has given to Sagemcom and highlights the long term relationship between our two companies. It rewards the strategic innovation investments done by the Group in the industrial M2M / IOT technologies, whichhas contributed to this success,” said Eric Rieul, Deputy CEO of Sagemcom Energy & Telecom.