TITLE: 10 Million PRIME Meters Deployed. 1st Phase of the commercial roll out in Latvia. New PRIME Pilots in Lebanon.
2nd November, 2015 European Utility Week, Vienna. The PRIME Alliance announces, that utilities and solution providers utilising the PRIME standard have successfully installed 10 Million meters worldwide. PRIME is a proven technology, that works in scale for future-proof smart grid deployments.
This successful continued mass deployment PRIME meters, supporting data concentrators and corresponding MDM, has seen expansion outside of central Europe into Latin America, Australia and more recently Middle-East and Northern Europe.
Latvia – JSC Sadales Tīkls
JSC Sadales tīkls (ST) is the leading power distribution operator in Latvia, providing operation and development of distribution networks. ST provides electricity to over one million customers covering 99% of country’s territory, as well as performs network monitoring and electricity metering.
Starting from year 2014 ST has begun massive rollout of smart metering which includes installation of PRIME Smart meters, DCUs and head-end systems, covering urban, semi-urban and rural areas. Up to middle of October ST has installed more than 105 000 PRIME ADD Smart meters and 1200 DCUs of which 95% of the Smart Meters are read over PLC PRIME technology and 5% over 4G network.
Caption: High-level System Architecture
NEU and BUS two of the Distribution Operators for the nationwide utility in Lebanon, EDL’s networks evaluated several smart metering standards, before selecting PRIME for both its maturity and for the strong industrial support. Due to limited availability of generated power, real-time identification of the amount and location of energy losses is a key driver for these pilot initiatives, which will develop into commercial roll outs.
NEU Pilot: Covering ten zones including urban, semi-urban and rural regions, this pilot involves 1,600 meters and 10 DCU’s proving interoperability with the use of devices from both ZIV and Sagemcom.
Caption: NEU Transformer Station, Lebanon
BUS Pilot: Taking in six zones across urban, semi-urban, rural and industrial, more 1,600 residential meters pilot including six substation meters and six DCU’s using technology from El Sewedy and Ormazabal Current have been successfully tested under noisy and challenging environments.
Caption: BUS Meter Board, Lebanon
PRIME Pilots Video Clips: Footage of both of these Lebanon pilots can be seen at the PRIME Alliance Booth at European Utility Week, 3 – 5th November booth A.f40, as a preview to a new pilot deployment video to be released in the Winter of 2015.
About PRIME Alliance
PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) Alliance AISBL was created in 2009 to define an open and future-proofed communications PLC-based infrastructure to support large scale smart metering and other smart grid deployments. The PRIME Alliance has attracted key industry players, including Sponsoring Members ZIV Distribution Automation Systems, Ormazabal and Sagemcom. The goal of the Alliance is to provide a framework in which the smart metering and smart grid industry have access to open detailed technical specifications in order to develop fully interoperable solutions, allowing multiple vendors to be operational within the same distribution network in one common system architecture. Detailed technical specs include Physical PHY layer and Medium Access Control MAC layer specifications.
The PRIME Alliance provides a forum for the definition, maintenance and support of an open and comprehensive standard for narrowband power line for Smart Grid products and services. The mission of the Alliance is to accelerate the demand for products and services based on this worldwide standard and promote the broad adoption and use of the specification while certifying multi-vendor interoperability and compatibility with the global standard. The Alliance is open to all potential partners who agree to actively support and promote an open and public specification for the benefit of the end-user and all industry stakeholders. Visit www.prime-alliance.org for more information or to join the Alliance.
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