July 28, 2016 - 8:54 AM EDT
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Sagemcom Signs a Major Contract with Austrian DSO Consortium for Deploying its Smart Metering Solution in Styria, South-East of Austria

RUEIL-MALMAISON, France, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Sagemcom will supply its "Advanced Meter Communication System (AMCS)" to a Styrian DSO Consortium  

A cooperation of Austrian Grid Operators including Energienetze Steiermark, a subsidiary company of Energie Steiermark, Energie Graz, Energy Services and Feistritzwerke Steweag has selected the High-Tech-Group Sagemcom to provide an Advanced Smart-Metering-Infrastructure for the modernization of their electricity distribution grids. According to the Austria's regulation (Smart Meter Rollout Ordinance, promulgated on 24 April 2012), at least 95 percent of Austrian homes must be equipped with smart meters by the end of 2019.

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In this project framework Sagemcom will provide a complete IPV6 infrastructure with ITU G3- certified PLC smart meters and data gateways which is linked to the Sagemcom's Head End System. Sagemcom's LTE technology will complement the installation of G3-PLC smart electricity meters for the use in isolated areas. Furthermore, this enhanced and innovative solution will offer a future proof DLMS end to end security to address customers with privacy concerns.

Once more, Sagemcom as Full-Service Provider has demonstrated again its leading position in EMEA providing turnkey smart metering solutions with certified and interoperable ITU G3 PLC standard or Point to Point (GPRS/LTE), offering additional key features such as wireless multi-utility interface and customer interface for home applications.

Commenting on this overall project, Christian Purrer, CEO of Energie Steiermark: "Up to 150 million euros from this project goes directly to the Styrian economy, whilst the 3-year installation phase nationwide more than 200 jobs are secured. Also the "inner parts" of the smart meter has been developed in our state. The Sales in the coming years will be developing new products and tariffs for interested customers in order to offer more flexible options and as well to use jointly better alternative feedings possibilities. With the smart meters we go into a new area, it is not determined by suppliers and purchasers, but of a fair energy partnership. The previous test has been pleasing customers very positively about the new possibilities; we take security issues very seriously and in any case have therefore opted for the most advanced technology in this field."

Further Mr. Martin GRAF, Executive Director of Energie Steiermark states: "The cooperation of Energie Steiermark with regional utilities in terms of smart meters is a clear commitment to work together in order to implement the challenges of the new energy world together for Styria efficiently. A project of this magnitude requires a finely coordinated interaction. Although ostensibly the implementation stems from a legal requirement, we intend to use the dialogue and efficiency potential of the new meter together with our customers very intensely - in this context we will also work closely with AK and other Austrian consumer protection organizations. The examples from other federal states show that acceptance is enormous amongst customers, new transparency and self-control ensures a new energy-understanding."

Commenting on this award, Eric RIEUL, Deputy CEO of Sagemcom Energy & Telecom SAS, said: "With this second success in Austria, Sagemcom confirms the recognition of its expertise on the latest smart metering solutions as well as its capability to carry out dimensioning projects. Sagemcom is very proud to be a long term technology partner to Austrian power grid operators of Styria to support their goal of deploying smart meters with a view on increasing the ability of the end consumer to control his energy consumption and enhancing grid management capabilities."

About Energie Steiermark 

Energie Steiermark focused as one of the largest service provider companies in Austria with main areas on energy efficiency and innovative service offerings in the fields of electricity, gas, heat and mobility. 1.700 employees dedicate their experience and expertise on a fair partnership with approximately 600.000 customers at home and abroad. In the production, the company relies exclusively on renewable energy from water, wind, solar and biomass. Total sales in 2015 amounted at 1119.9 million Euros. Majority owned by the federal state government of Styria.


About Energienetze Steiermark GmbH 

Energienetze Steiermark, a subsidiary of Energie Steiermark, is the largest Styrian electricity and gas network operator. The company sees itself as a major infrastructure contributor for Styria. Around 90 million Euros for the safe operation and the construction as well as for the maintenance of 27.000 kilometers of power- and 4.000 km of gas-pipelines are invested annually. 900 employees are 24 hours a day are at work for approximately 500.000 network customers.


About Energie Graz
Energie Graz designes and ensures as an energy service provider a significant part of the infrastructure in the Styrian capital Graz. We provide the citizens of Graz with electricity, natural gas and district heating from a single source. With our telephone "around-the-clock service" and our "Service Center" we offer our customers the best possible service and personal advice on energy topics.

For the Energy supply fof our customers, we operate more than 4.000 km of cable networks - over 250 personell staff ensures the constant monitoring and maintenance of facilities and also for necessary extensions. Modern state of the art  technology with the latest standards ensures the highest level of security of supply. We prove our environmental responsibility with the promotion of environmentally friendly district heating and natural gas heating systems. In addition, the production of renewable energy is an important topic for Energie Graz


About Energy Services Handels- und Dienstleistungs G.m.b.H.
Energy Services is a trading and IT services provider for energy supply companies. In this role, the Energy Services represents 26 medium and small DSOs (with a total of about 200.000 metering points) in the course of the joint procurement procedure and the project implementation.


About Feistritzwerke Steweag GmbH 

The Feistritzwerke Steweag GmbH is an Austrian power company with about 63 employees and its headquarter in Gleisdorf. Since 2011 Feistritzwerke are exclusively act as a distribution network operator and offers in the area of ​​energy services energy engineering. The Feistritzwerke operates in its distribution network with a total area of ​​approximately 1.300 square kilometers approximately 4.620 KM long pipeline system. Further operates 1.284 transformer stations, which are supplied via five substations. In distribution network of Feistritzwerke Steweag GmbH 40,000 customer installations (approximately 51.500 metering points ) are currently getting supplied.


About Sagemcom 

A French high-tech group with international dimensions, Sagemcom operates on the broadband (digital home, set-top boxes, Internet routers, telephony and multimedia terminals), smart city  (smart meter, smart grid, smart site, smart infra, smart services) and Internet of Things (founding member of LoRa Alliance) markets.

With revenue of around 1.3 billion euros, Sagemcom employs 4,200 people on five continents. Sagemcom aims to stay a world leader in communicating terminals with high added value.

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Source: PR Newswire (July 28, 2016 - 8:54 AM EDT)

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