Veolia Water and Orange are joining forces in the smart metering sector and are launching m2o city, an operator specialized in remote environmental data and water meter reading services.
The m2o city joint venture offers as of Monday their service based on an ultralow consumption radio network to local authorities, through their municipal agencies or agents for water services. The radio network is an industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) network using the 868 MHz waveband. In addition to information from water meters, this network will be able to collect data from environmental sensors (to combat noise or pollution for instance) in line with the expectations of any authorities.
Veolia Water is a water services company which already operates over 200,000 water meters. It joins forces with European telco group Orange to benefit from its expertise for designing and operating networks, especially Machine-to-Machine (M2M). Veolia Water will use the water metering service provided by m2o city to improve the quality of its service to consumers, optimize the water service's performance, and safeguard resources more effectively. Jean-Michel Herrewyn, Veolia Water's Chief Executive Officer, said "Combining the expertise from both of our groups, this company is developing a new business, as a smart metering service operator benefiting sustainable towns and cities."
Through their joint venture, Orange and Veolia Water aim to enable as many people as possible to benefit from their remote meter metering service, helping pave the way for the emergence of a global standard for remote data collection networks. These network technologies are now available for wide-scale deployment and will make it possible to create a multi-application network able to host the services devised by environmental players.
Vivek Badrinath, Chief Executive Officer of Orange Business Services, said, "We are delighted to be working hand in hand with Veolia on this ambitious partnership. It is perfectly in line with our strategy: joining forces with a major business partner by providing our connectivity and information system management expertise in order to enable the emergence of new M2M services to be used as widely as possible."
Taisei Miura, CEO of m2o city, presents this new smart metering operator in a video interview .