Powel ELIN to manage smart meters at ČEZ Měření Data Center
Powel announced today that it has signed a contract as part of a winning bid offered by the consortium of suppliers for the smart metering pilot program at ČEZ Měření.
ČEZ Měření is a member of the ČEZ Group, providing the Group electricity metering services. The data center will be one of several data centers which will be used in an automatic metering pilot project. Through its partner Ness Technologies, Powel ELIN will be implemented to support this large-scale, automatic metering pilot project that will examine new ways of power metering at the ČEZ Group. The system will collect power utilization data through the use of intelligent meters. The data collected will be evaluated and used to optimize the management of the electricity network, with a goal of better meeting the needs of distributors, and commercial and private customers.
"The WPP AMM project is one of the key projects of CEZ Měření, which will, among others, test the individual functional units of the AMM system. Experience from this project will influence the decision to possibly roll-out the AMM system in the ČEZ distribution network within the Czech Republic," says Ondrej Mamula, project manager for WPP AMM.
Powel ELIN is a vendor-independent system that collects and manages consumption data from virtually any utility meter or sub-meter using open protocols. This allows ČEZ Měření to test several types of smart meters, concentrators and communication systems including PLC, radio and GPRS point-to-point. Powel ELIN will also integrate with the SAP NetWeaver interface based on the SAP AMI (MDUS) standard.
Fruits of long term cooperation:
“The power generation and distribution market has been a long-standing priority for Ness, which puts us in the position to offer our extensive expertise and experience – and our customers know it,” says Mirko Kalous, Managing Director, Ness Czech. “This project is another step in our very successful cooperation with ČEZ Group in the Czech Republic.”
Powel has a similar longstanding partnership with Ness cooperating with them to develop and deliver valuable software solutions to utility customers in the Czech Republic. Now the collaboration has been lifted up to another level. Thobias Dencker, VP Business Development at Powel AS, commented 'We are very pleased to be part of this important pilot project that is taking us a step further in realizing our international ambitions.’
Since the very beginning, Powel has been leading the industry by solving the unique challenges faced by those charged with implementing, controlling, and monitoring utility smart metering and smart grid infrastructure. Powel AS, headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, delivers through its partners business-critical software solutions specifically designed to help energy companies improve daily operational processes and service quality. The company is a market leader in smart metering, generation, grid maintenance and water management solutions with offices in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and North America. Founded in 1996, Powel AS is a privately held company with more than 250 employees. For more information, visit www.powel.com.
About Ness Technologies
Ness Technologies is a global provider of IT and business services and solutions with specialized expertise in software product engineering and system integration, application development, consulting and software distribution. Ness delivers its portfolio of solutions and services using a global delivery model combining offshore, near-shore and local teams. With about 7,800 employees, Ness has operations in North America, Europe, Israel and India, has customers in over 20 countries, and partners with numerous software and hardware vendors worldwide. For more information about Ness, visit www.ness.com
About ČEZ Měření
ČEZ Měření is wholly owned by the energy company ČEZ. In the ČEZ Group this company provides the installation services and operation of electric meters and switching elements. The company provides to all end customers connected to its distribution networks electric meter administration services, assembly, disassembly, replacement for regular verification, validation and maintenance of measuring equipment and sales.
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Powel delivers business-critical software solutions specifically designed to improve daily operational processes and service quality. The company is a market leader in smart metering, generation, grid maintenance and water management.