Smart-meter providers Kamstrup and Elster have struck a deal aimed at strengthening their proposition and providing a “strong integrated smart meter network for utilities”.
The companies say the deal was done partly in response to utilities’ demand for more than one provider of radio-frequency (RF) technology.
Their solution is based on Kamstrup’s standardised RF technology, and Kamstrup (Skanderborg, Denmark) says this will help utilities to avoid “a vendor lock-in”.
“We are happy to provide our Elster [Essen, Germany] advanced smart meters to Kamstrup, so they can propose a future proof solution, and we look forward to provide a common solution together with Kamstrup as a smart meter and AMI-supplier,” said Kim Norgaard, Elster’s vice president for sales and marketing.
Kamstrup says its technology has already been deployed internationally with high-performance results.
“In the outlined co-operation we will be able to deliver a very competitive solution,” said Lars Bo Kristensen, Kamstrup’s division director. “Elster is known as a leading player on the smart-metering market, and Elster’s multi-functional high-quality smart meter will be a strong fortification of the combined solution.”
With 850 employees, Kamstrup serves utilities in the electricity, water and natural gas markets in 60 countries, while Elster counts more than 7,500 staff and has customers in more than 130 countries.