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Siemens, Kamstrup team for Irish smart meter roll out

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By Nick Flaherty

The project for energy supplier ESB Networks, which supplies 2.3m households, also includes a remote reading system and a data management system. 

Kamstrup’s OMNIPOWER is a high-precision smart meter for the home, offering long-term stability and reliability that will be used with Kamstrup’s OMNIA data collection system and the Siemens EnergyIP meter data management software. With a Master Alliance Agreement in place since 2012, the two companies have already worked together for several years in engaging with customers world-wide.

“This project marks another step forward in the Digitalisation of Ireland’s energy network. The global shift towards decarbonization together with customers demanding much more active engagement with and from energy companies means our energy systems are becoming increasingly complex,” said Gary O’Callaghan, CEO of Siemens Ltd. “EnergyIP can process data in near real time from millions of distributed grid assets and smart devices, powering new approaches for meter data management, grid optimisation and analytics, distributed energy management, energy market participation and asset management,” he added.

A Siemens-owned company, Omnetric, will be responsible for the integration of the smart meter data with the existing communication and enterprise infrastructure.

“The joint solution is yet another example of the ability to integrate our solutions with other technology partners. Our industry leading platform OMNIA used for data collection and our smart meters OMNIPOWER are based on extensive experience and proven technology. Our solution will provide ESB Networks with accurate, reliable and secure data which is fundamental for ESB Networks to establish a stable and flexible network and provide good customer service”, said Kim Lehmann, CEO of Kamstrup, which is owned by Danish energy company OK. “At the same time, we are able to manage the scalability needed for ESB Networks and together with Siemens we will act as an agile partner.”

“The upgrade to modern electricity meters is an important enabler of Ireland’s Climate Action Plan. To tackle climate change, the meter upgrade programme is an essential foundation to maximising the benefit from Ireland’s growing renewable generation capability and supporting the electrification of transport and heat – using clean electricity to displace carbon fuels. We believe the integrated solution from Kamstrup and Siemens will support us in achieving this goal,” said Eoghan Barrett, Manager Smart Metering programme at ESB Networks.

www.siemens.com; www.kamstrup.com

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