After extensive testing and field trials of new advanced G3-PLC data communication technology, Landis+Gyr is rolling out a fully certified and complete smart metering solution. G3 has proven its power in several projects across Europe. Our customers welcome the G3-PLC benefits of faster data rate, reliable communications through resilience to external disturbances and flexible internet based architecture that is designed to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.
Many utilities in the Europe Middle East & Africa region have already implemented smart metering and faced the challenges of the rollout. Project management requires specific expertise when the installation, operation and maintenance of a communication network come into the picture.
Today, the first movers are already planning and preparing for a second wave of rollouts and migrating from the first generation PLC, like FSK (frequency shift keying) and PSK (phase shift keying) based PLC to modern OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplex) technology. Now the main question is how this can be done while keeping the internal processes ongoing and protecting the investment. This article will provide insight into a migration of this type, enabled by G3 PLC.
The smart energy transformation in Austria is gaining pace. Energy utilities around the country are working hard to meet the target set in 2012 by the Austrian Ministry for Economy, Family and Youth of 95% of households to be equipped with smart meters by 2019.
Landis+Gyr is extending its smart grid solution Gridstream® with G3-PLC communication technology. This new technology enables faster and more reliable communication in a smart grid infrastructure as well as flexible connectivity with new intelligent applications. Landis+Gyr is the first company in Europe to be awarded the G3-PLC Alliance certification for smart meters in the 150-500 kHz band.
The industry is engaged in discussion on Internet of Things, which is seen as a huge business opportunity by many companies. With smart metering, the very basic idea of IoT is already realized reality: millions of smart meters are connected and communicating, providing near real time data for energy utilities.
The rollout of smart metering with G3 technology continues. After the successful technology field tests during the first half of 2015, there are currently several customer pilot projects ongoing around EMEA, for example in Austria, Latvia and Slovenia.