Deutsche Telekom and ista hook up on smart meters

Deutsche Telekom has announced details of a new smart energy partnership with ista International aimed at helping make energy usage and related costs more transparent for consumers.

Under the tie-up, the operator’s mobile communications network will be used to carry readings from water, heating and power meters to servers managed by ista (Essen, Germany), which specializes in the field of energy management.

Deutsche Telekom has announced details of a new smart energy partnership with ista International aimed at helping make energy usage and related costs more transparent for consumers.

Under the tie-up, the operator’s mobile communications network will be used to carry readings from water, heating and power meters to servers managed by ista (Essen, Germany), which specializes in the field of energy management.

Besides allowing meters to be read remotely, the technology will allow ista to provide users with a monthly analysis of consumption data via an online dashboard, making “nasty surprises in the utility bill … a thing of the past”.

“Ista’s remote meter readings via mobile communications go a long way toward making consumption data more transparent for tenants, building administrators, and the industry as a whole,” said Jochen Schein, ista’s chief operating officer. “We are delighted to have found in Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) a strong international partner for transmitting the data securely over the mobile network.”

Deutsche Telekom describes the partnership as an important step in expanding its M2M service portfolio.

By 2015, the operator aims to generate annual revenues of €1 billion ($1.36 billion) from so-called “intelligent network services” – including offerings in the energy, automotive and healthcare sectors – up from just €100 million in 2012.

“M2M has huge benefits,” said Jurgen Hase, the head of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M competence center. “It introduces transparency, ensures that networked devices run smoothly, protects the environment – plus, it reduces energy and maintenance costs.”

Deutsche Telekom has unveiled a series of initiatives in the smart energy area, notably partnering with US smart-metering specialist Itron in November 2012.

Under that agreement, the operator is embedding SIM cards in GPRS-based meters designed for utilities operating in the European market.