This five-year contract will help E.ON harness big data and smart grid solutions for its customers throughout northern Stockholm, Malmö, Örebro, Norrköping and Skåne. The business deal was announced at the recent Smart Utilities Scandinavia in Stockholm, organized by Synergy Events.
Ericsson’s Smart Metering solution will gather and transmit the data, obtained from energy meters, to E.ON’s IT department on a daily basis instead of monthly. This will see a 3000% increase in data delivery. Ericsson will also carry out related field services for E.ON as part of the contract. Ericsson’s solution will help E.ON enhance its efficiency. The solution combines managed services, consulting and systems integration services and includes meter reading and control, meter management, meter monitoring, Service Layer Agreement (SLA) management, work force management, asset management, business process management, as well as field services and an operations center.
Ericsson’s solution is also an important step towards real-time big data measurements, supplying E.ON’s customers with accurate and up to date data on energy consumption. Per-Olof Lindholm, Management Director at E.ON Elnat Sverige, says, “In the long term, we believe empowered consumers will be more efficient in their energy usage and this will result in a more sustainable society.”
Ericsson is already supplying clients in Estonia and Italy with solutions and services for smart grids, after helping to spearhead the development of smart metering and grids in its native Sweden.
The evolution of smart grids is a priority in a number of countries such as the US and the EU. Eventually a smart energy network will be created, able to manage large quantities of data over a 24 hour basis. This will open new opportunities for efficient grid and consumption management, as well as a seamless integration of locally produced renewable energy into the infrastructure.
Currently, regulations within the EU require utilities, or Distribution System Operators, to deploy smart metering in order to ensure the first steps towards Smart Grids and more efficient energy usage.
Energy companies have an obligation to help the home-owner create an energy-efficient smart home. It gives utilities the chance to reinforce trust and create an improved and sustainable relationship. Also, the smart home will deliver energy flexibility to the power system.