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Landis+Gyr and Vodafone partner to accelerate digital transformation for utilities

The partners report the global nature of the agreement ensures seamless access to more than 400 networks in 180 countries using a single subscriber identity profile.

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The partnership between the two sides will help to build a smarter grid
The partnership between the two sides will help to build a smarter grid

Smart meter manufacturer for the utility sector, Landis+Gyr, and Vodafone Business have partnered to deliver cellular Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities for energy management.

 

According to the companies their strategic global agreement will significantly accelerate the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and associated technology, “massively increasing” where smart meters can be installed.

 

Communications networks

 

In the process, Landis+Gyr will effectively become a “one-stop-shop” – leveraging multiple vendors and communications networks, through Vodafone Business’ existing contracts.

 

Using Vodafone Business’ IoT services, Landis+Gyr utility customers can benefit from Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream Connect solution providing reliable and secure service accessing multiple carrier networks without the hassle of needing to manage multiple subscription contracts.

 

The partners report the global nature of the agreement ensures seamless access to more than 400 networks in 180 countries using a single subscriber identity profile.

 

“IoT is key to the digitalisation of the utilities sector. Connecting assets will help manage energy better and support the safe integration of renewable energy sources into power grids, helping to reduce carbon footprints,” said Vinod Kumar, CEO of Vodafone Business.

 

“We believe advances in cellular networking technology will enable more and more companies to be not only more resilient and future-ready, but also more sustainable.”

 

Building on IoT zero-touch capability, Landis+Gyr utility customers will benefit from improved deployment speed and management of cellular smart grid devices. In addition, the companies claim the partnership delivers ‘unprecedented’ low-power wide-area (LPWA) technology capabilities today, with the ability to seamlessly transition to 5G networks where and when these networks are available.

“We believe advances in cellular networking technology will enable more and more companies to be not only more resilient and future-ready, but also more sustainable”

Combined with a long-term services contract, the solution provides unprecedented coverage to ensure longevity matching the lifecycle of utility assets.

 

“The partnership between Landis+Gyr and Vodafone Business, a global leader in IoT communication solutions, will allow us to further elevate our offerings to meet the unique needs of our customers today and in the future,” added Werner Lieberherr, chief executive officer, Landis+Gyr.

 

“Together, we will be able to deliver longevity and quality of service to match utility asset lifecycles, creating the base for interactive smart grids with increasing intelligence embedded at the grid edge. This will enable our customers, energy consumers and entire communities to manage energy in a more informed way, making a positive impact on the environment.”

 

Primary networks

 

Landis+Gyr cellular solutions are designed to complement existing AMI networks or be deployed as primary networks to connect advanced meters, sensors and IoT devices. With its managed services model, Landis+Gyr claims it provides a turnkey solution with the flexibility and IoT capabilities to support energy management and consumer engagement.

 

The company said it delivers solutions to help utilities solve their complex challenges in smart metering, grid edge intelligence and smart infrastructure.

 

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