The French smart meter is called Linky. It is being rolled out by the country’s largest grid operator Enedis, who manages 95% of continental France’s operation, maintenance and development of the public electricity distribution network. And we have been a trusted partner for this project since it first began in 2007.
Determining the right kind of a smart metering solution is a crucial strategic decision for a utility in the initial stage of a smart meter project planning. The number of available devices, software and communication technologies as well as potential partners is huge, as is the spectrum between the two extremes – namely the component and the turn-key solution. Utility customers can buy all the components for their smart metering solution separately and manage the rollout and the software integration themselves, or they can opt for a turn-key solution and, for instance, rely on a subcontractor to manage the project in its entirety.
How can utilities save investments in own infrastructure and instead have experienced experts managing and operating their advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and applications? Landis+Gyr offers a modular, cost-efficient and flexible service solution selection enabling utilities to choose the right modules to operate their smart infrastructure as reliably and efficiently as possible.
Stockfish and Deep Blue can beat world chess champions, Alexa can recognize your voice, your spam filter curbs annoying emails and your credit card provider can spot fraud. But real artificial intelligence goes much further… it’s about having a machine that learns, thinks and makes decisions in much the same way as a human.
It was only last year when Landis+Gyr was awarded an AMI service contract for Finland’s largest distribution system operator, Caruna Oy. The comprehensive “Metering as a Service” solution is now up and running and comprises not less than the full take-over of Caruna’s complete AMI infrastructure in the Nordic region’s largest Managed Services project to date.
In many cases, different rules apply in product, software and service sales. Lately, I’ve noted that the true game changer is selling — and buying — Software as a Service. Simply said, Software as a Service (SaaS) means that you get access to a software application running somewhere in the cloud, instead of having it installed and managed by you at your own premises — an approach gaining popularity across industries and the way of the future.