Telekom Austria has continued its push into the M2M market with the launch of a new smart-metering platform for utility companies.
The Austrian telecoms incumbent says the new solution – branded SMARTify – rounds off its portfolio in the area of smart metering and is designed to help utility companies manage and administer smart electricity meters through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution.
Utilities must pay a monthly fee to use the service but this should allow them to reduce capital investments, minimize risks and achieve economies of scale.
“SMARTify delivers a risk-free entry into the smart metering market without requiring one-off investments,” said Bernd Liebscher, the managing director of Telekom Austria’s (Vienna, Austria) M2M division. “Customers can therefore concentrate on their core business and rely on the professional support of the Telekom Austria Group, which provides secure networking solutions.”
The operator says the service has been tailored to meet the demands of the Austrian market in terms of cost efficiencies and through compliance with local regulations.
Austria’s energy market is characterized by a relatively low number of meter points per power supply company, notes Telekom Austria, and SMARTify allows utility provider to keep costs per meter point low by sharing underlying infrastructure.
Telekom Austria is also keen to emphasize the security of the service, noting that its data centers are used by companies in “highly sensitive sectors”, including financial services, health and public administration.
SMARTify is also intended to guarantee strict separation between single utility providers and their data, ensuring that power supply companies only have access to data generated by their end customers.
The service appears to have been developed in conjunction with the Austrian subsidiary of Germany’s Gorlitz, which offers software and hardware solutions for remote meter reading, smart metering and meter data management.