EDMI wins smart-meter contract with UK's Arqiva

EDMI has signed a contract with the UK’s Arqiva to provide the communications hub that will be used to support the rollout of smart meters in Scotland and the north of England.

Under their smart-grid program, UK authorities are aiming to install 53 million meters in 30 homes and small businesses throughout Britain by 2020.

The contract win for EDMI (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) will see the technology player design, make and supply the communications hubs being used in the northern region.

Last year, Arqiva (Winchester, UK) won contracts to provide communications technology for northern regions, with Spain’s Telefonica (Madrid) securing business in the central and southern parts of the country.

Those hubs are to enable communications with electricity meters, gas meters and an In-Home Display that lets consumers monitor and manage their energy usage.

“We are dedicated to the design, development and manufacturing of innovative and technologically advanced metering and communication systems for the global utility industry,” said Lee Kwang Mong, the group managing director of EDMI. “This selection further underlines our expertise in the market and the robust, reliable product offerings which we provide.”

By supporting connectivity for a range of home devices, the communications hubs being used in the UK rollout could ultimately reduce the costs of the entire project.

In other parts of Europe, much of the communications technology is being installed in meters and other devices, rather than central hubs, which could make it harder to achieve economies of scale.

“We are delighted to be working with EDMI on one of the largest technological and consumer change programmes Britain has seen,” said John Cresswell, the chief executive of Arqiva. “We originally identified EDMI as a preferred partner because of its long history as a provider of tried and tested smart metering solutions, which supports our own exceptional track record in delivering and running critical national infrastructure.”