Bern-based BKW has announced the deployment of a meter data management platform across their meter network in Switzerland as part of their smart meter rollout programme.
The meter data management (MDM) platform comes courtesy of energy solutions developer Hansen Technologies in a five-year contract with the Swiss energy and infrastructure company.
The MDM, which is provided as a ground-to-cloud solution, will be deployed via a Software as a Service (SaaS) model across BKW’s meter network in the multi-year agreement.
The announcement from the partners comes in as BKW implements a rollout of smart meters across its customer base of 400,000, with expected completion set for 2028.
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The smart meter rollout, states BKW, is in response to the federal government’s legal requirement for “the conversion to digital metrology”.
BKW and Hansen have already commenced planning for the MDM deployment, with a go-live targeted for the first half of 2024.
According to Hansen, their MDM is applicable across the utility value chain, from smart device roll-out management to energy logistics, energy business, billing and customer services. The MDM rollout also follows a project extension for Hansen alongside Swissgrid, Switzerland‘s transmission system operator.
The European market’s move towards shorter meter-read periods requires utility companies to implement agile solutions that can scale with an exponential rise in data volumes while managing costs effectively.