Ericsson and Acea, an electricity distributor in Italy, have signed a 10 year managed service agreement to manage and develop Acea’s system for Automatic Meter Reading (AMR). The system will be deployed in Rome to 1.5 million households.
Ericsson says that is entering a new market of the developing utility area and this contract is the first of its kind.
The liberalization of the utility market and the introduction of new regulatory requirements from governmental authorities have opened up a world wide market where millions of power meters need to be managed, reminds Ericsson. Sweden and Italy are the first two countries to adapt to these regulations and other EU countries are likely to follow. Ericsson, with its key capabilities in managed services and mobile machine-to-machine communication, will address this market.
Ericsson will manage Acea’s AMR system, utilizing its large existing Italian services organization for delivery and operation of managed services for operators and enterprises.
Ericsson remarks that Acea customers will enjoy invoicing based on actual consumption levels, possibility to benefit from different tariffs with savings on bills and less and shorter power breaks due to the immediate notification to Acea network operations center of faults in the low voltage network. Households will be linked via the electrical power lines to concentrators which in turn will be linked via GPRS modules to the service center managed by Ericsson, where data integration will be done to Acea’s business systems for billing, network management and customer care.
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