As a part of delivery of a 1,000 unit smart grid pilot with Wien Energie GmbH, Kamstrup announces the opening of an Austrian subsidiary in the famous Millennium Tower in Vienna.
Division Director Lars Bo Kristensen: “Austria has as one of the first many markets decided to adopt the European regulatory roadmap for full-scale introduction of smart meters and smart metering. Being 100% focused on smart metering we wish to support this national roll-out and provide an even closer service to existing and coming customers in Austria and this is best done in Austria.”
The European Smart Metering Mandate requires the implementation of smart metering systems for 80% of electricity consumers in Europe by the end of 2020. But Austrian authorities have set an even more ambitious goal and foresee a staggering 95% of the Austrian electricity consumers equipped with smart meters by the end of 2019.
Some thousand consumers will receive their smart meter already before summer this year, when Wien Energie rolls out the meters for the first pilot. For this pilot Kamstrup provides their new smart metering platform, OMNIA Suite, based on Radio Mesh and GPRS, which integrates directly with the Meter Data Management System of Wien Energie, EnergyIP, delivered by Siemens.
Wolfgang Haager will be managing the new office in Vienna and he anticipates a great potential for Kamstrup’s smart metering products: “We see a great potential for our water meters and smart meters in Austria, providing integrated smart meter solutions. The main focus of our new organization is to deepen our customer relationships and provide a closer cooperation in this trade”.
The Austrian office will also function as hub for Kamstrup to enter new markets and expand activities in the Danube-area and with 300m² office spaces on 32nd floor in Millenium Tower there is room to grow.