Echelon Corp. and its partner Kapsch Smart Energy won several pilots with Austrian utilities Wien Energie, IKB and Steiermark
The pilots, which represent potential future orders of nearly 3.5 million smart meters and Networked Energy Services (NES) software platform licenses, are being prompted by a new energy edict in Austria that requires utilities to achieve specific grid modernization goals by 2019.
The Kapsch/Echelon pilots are designed to show that is it possible to fulfill Austria's demanding expectations for meter regulations and data security while still achieving the highest data availability on the market.
Together with its partner Kapsch, the Echelon NES platform is operating as a fully integrated solution with the Kapsch Smart Energy Management meter data management software, offering its customers a full-featured, utility-grade applications platform to support the immediate smart meter program requirements and offer future opportunities for many high-value grid applications.
The pilots are scheduled to take place through 2014; utility companies are expected to begin rolling out smart meters throughout Austria in high volume beginning in 2015.
In addition to meeting their 2019 legal goals, the utilities want smart meters and associated products that can:
· Monitor the health of the grid and pinpoint trouble spots.
· Make the grid more reliable, including reducing outages.
· Improve overall distribution grid efficiency.
· Encourage consumers to become active participants in energy conservation.