Greentech Lead U.S: Smart metering solutions provider
Itron has formed partnership with Deutsche Telekom, an integrated
telecommunications company, to collaborate on delivering smart metering
solutions to target markets in Europe.
Under this agreement, the two companies will utilize
Itron’s innovative 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.
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 have already committed to an initial
quantity of SIM cards to be deployed for European customers.
Furthermore, both parties agree 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
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.
“Working with a world-class organization like Deutsche
Telekom is a true pleasure,” said Remy Brill, Itron vice president and managing
director, EMEA Energy. “This collaboration will give our customers more options
and will deliver real business benefits as they roll-out smart meter systems.”
“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 JÃ¼rgen Hase, head of
Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Competence Center.
Itron recently also partnered with Teplocom, a provider
of thermal energy metering and associated services in Russia, to jointly
develop and market metering solutions technologies in Russia.