Brussels, October 19, 2018
The fourth annual PRIME Utility-to-Utility User Group Conference organized by the PRIME Alliance in cooperation with A.T. Kearney took place on September 25th and 26th in Prague. Over 50 participants from more than 25 utility companies based in Europe, Africa and the Middle East attended the two-day conference to exchange practical experience from smart metering concept design and roll-outs. Speakers from major European utilities such as, Iberdrola, EDP, Naturgy and Energa-Operator, shared their knowledge and latest lessons learnt from smart metering implementation.
On Tuesday, Angel Hernandez, Chairman of the PRIME Promotional Working Group welcomed all participants in his opening speech and then passed the word to Inigo Berganza, Chairman of the PRIME Technical Working Group. Mr. Berganza reminded the audience on the group scope and structure while reporting on the current development of PRIME specifications, certification process and device implementation. He also introduced the new whitepaper on cybersecurity. At the end of first day, Angel Hernandez took over again focusing on PRIME 1.4 Pilot Deployments experience in Egypt.
On the second day, Miguel Angel Sánchez Fornié, General Secretary of the PRIME Alliance, devoted his presentation to PRIME Alliance’s current strategy in the framework of digitalization. Martin Kuca, Director at A.T. Kearney, closed the conference with his report about A.T. Kearney’s experience with smart metering and the overall digital transformation programs in electricity distribution. The full conference program was accompanied by two informal dinners in the proximity of Prague’s main historical sights.
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 El Sewedy, ZIV and Renesas. 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.