Atos Signs Major Smart Metering Contract with Salzburg AG

Atos has been assigned to manage Salzburg AG’s complex transition of 470, 000 electricity meters to smart meters.
Published: Wed 12 Nov 2014

Atos, a global leader in digital services, has been selected by Salzburg AG, one of the main energy and infrastructure service providers in Austria, to lead its smart metering system project.

Creating a smooth transition to smart energy

An international team, made up of Atos and Atos Worldgrid consultants from four countries, are currently working on the transition. The smart meters will be installed by the end of 2019 in accordance with the EU Directive 2020 and will serve all Salzburg customers. At Salzburg AG, the program on the implementation of the smart metering system consists of a total of 17 individual projects, to which Atos and Atos Worldgrid experts from Italy, France, Germany and Austria will contribute their experience and their know-how from the smart energy field in 13 projects to guarantee a smooth transition.

Smart metering system benefits

The new measurement systems offer numerous benefits:

  • The smart meters help to save energy, as they provide customers with more control over their own electricity consumption
  • The smart meters provide a more accurate measurement of the consumed amount

  • The grid quality and services will be significantly improved for final customers

  • Individual electricity consumption can be accessed online by the corresponding customer

Thomas Rieder, Smart Metering Programme Manager at Salzburg AG, says of the rollout: "The implementation of the smart meters provides all operators with major challenges. After an EU-wide tender process we chose Atos as our lead partner as they excelled in terms of expertise and experience. They have already gained valuable experience in the rollout process in Italy and France and we fully rely on them as our long-term partner in this complex transition”.

During the course of this major project, Atos will provide Salzburg AG with a full customer care programme.

Making the smart energy transition a success

Jerome de Parscau, CEO at Atos Worldgrid explains: "Atos Worldgrid is the European leader in the implementation of smart metering systems. As the only service provider we cover all requirements throughout the process, from transmission protocols and concentrators up to the central data management. We are proud to be working on this project to provide Salzburg AG with the right expertise to make this transition a success”.

The EU Energy Efficiency Directive stipulates that in every EU country at least 80 percent of consumers are equipped with smart metering systems by 2020. Austria has set an ambitious goal; about 95 percent of the existing facilities are to be converted to smart metering within five years. [Engerati – Building Intelligent, Integrated and Sustainable Smart Grid Infrastructure in Salzburg.]

Energy efficiency is the watchword that governs every division of Salzburg AG. The company has committed itself to creating innovative power solutions, making large-scale investments and focusing on economic performance. The scope of products and services consists of electricity, natural gas, district heating, water, transportation (Salzburger Lokalbahnen) as well as the CableLink products cable TV, Internet and telephony. In the 2013 fiscal year, Salzburg AG generated sales of around €1.36 billion with its approximately 2,000 employees.