Deutsche Telekom has signed an agreement with US-based technology company Itron to collaborate on delivering smart metering solutions to target markets in Europe. The agreement will allow the two companies to combine their technology expertise to better serve the utility industry in the smart grid and smart metering space.
Itron provides technology to help utilities measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Under the agreement, the two companies will utilize Itron’s smart meter solutions, Deutsche Telekom’s M2M capabilities, Information and Communication Technology solutions and Intelligent Networks Energy solution offering to bring an even more comprehensive solution and service offering to European markets.
Remy Brill, Itron vice president and managing director, EMEA Energy, said: ‘This collaboration will give our customers more options and will deliver real business benefits as they roll-out smart meter systems.’
Itron will embed Deutsche Telekom’s SIM cards in its GPRS meters, which will enable the company to provide a complete solution and service offering in more markets, building off of Deutsche Telekom’s communication network. The companies are dedicated to delivering the combined solution to European customers and have already committed to an initial quantity of SIM cards to be deployed.
‘The smart metering industry is demanding end-to-end solutions for intelligent energy networks. Together with Itron we can offer a complete M2M based solution from hardware to managed connectivity, integration, roll-out and operations services,’ said Jürgen Hase, head of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Competence Center.
Both companies have also agreed to cooperate for purposes of creating, as well as responding, to joint business opportunities in the area of smart energy (smart metering, smart grid, and smart home) in European markets.
Joint business development approaches and necessary technological alignment of the energy management portfolios between the parties ensure the most robust solutions for utilities. This coordinated approach brings flexibility to the complexity of smart metering solutions to customers, which is needed for mass smart metering roll-outs.