Finnish utility takes smart metering project to next level with Landis+Gyr

Alajärven Sähkö launched the smart metering pilot project in 2002 by acquiring Landis+Gyr’s Application Service Provisioning (ASP) service for 200 metering points. The AMM solution was located at Landis+Gyr’s premises and operated by the utility.

In this latest development, Alajärven Sähkö will invest in new AMM during the first quarter of 2009, making a strategic step towards full integration. The system will be integrated into the utility’s new Customer Information System (CIS) using the AMM system’s AIMIA integration application. This ensures that accurate consumption based billing is made possible. Included in the contract are 5000 Landis+Gyr multi energy meters.

”When choosing a solution supplier we considered the long term relationship we’ve had with Landis+Gyr. In addition to price, good partnership is equally important to us”, says Tapio Keckman, CEO, Alajärven Sähkö.

The AMM system also includes Dashboard, an internet based application providing an easy-to-use interface for real time metering information. It can be modified to meet the demands of different user groups. Customer service personnel can utilise the application for searching, viewing and controlling customer’s metering and other information. For company management it offers a clear graphical tool for reporting.

“AMM gives us the opportunity to further develop our customer service. We can implement consumption based billing and offer customers Internet based services. Also, it is now easy for the utility to receive information about the network load situation”, says Keckman.

The installation work is estimated to be complete by 2011.

For further information please contact:
Landis+Gyr Oy
Rauno Leinonen, Sales Director : +358 40 5666 763
Alajärven Sähkö Oy
Tapio Keckman, CEO: +358 400 662 665

About Landis+Gyr
Landis+Gyr is the leading provider of integrated energy management solutions tailored to energy company needs. With a global presence and a reputation for quality and innovation, Landis+Gyr is unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.25 billion, Landis+Gyr operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs over 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better.

About Alajärven Sähkö Oy
Alajärven Sähkö Oy is a utility selling and transmitting electricity. Company was established in 1944 and it operates in the Southern Ostrobothnia, mainly in the area of Alajärvi city. Company is owned by 1300 small-scale consumers and it has approximately 5000 customers.