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IEEE P1901.1 Meeting in Mannheim

The third working group meeting for IEEE P1901.1 took place on 28-29 June, 2017 in Mannheim, Germany. P1901.1 is an IEEE project to develop a PLC standard for Smart Metering communications initially driven with input from the Chinese market.

PPC hosted the meeting to help provide input on European requirements for Smart Grid as well as Smart Metering. Several European companies, including PPC, made presentations and technical contributions on this.

The meeting in Mannheim worked on detailing and improving the technical aspects of the draft standard.

The P1901.1 Working Group is made up of individual voting members from around the world with engineers from China, Germany, India, Poland, Spain, and the USA.

IEEE projects to develop a standard typically are completed within 2-3 years.

PPC was honoured to host the group at its Mannheim Headquarters and promote a successful and productive two days, and congratulate the working group on achieving significant progress in the definition of the standard.

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PPC to provide first 10,000 devices to EnBW as German Smart Meter Rollout gets underway

Pioneering the smart meter rollout in Germany.

Left to right: Arkadius Jarek (Netze BW), Ingo Schönberg, Eugen Mayer, Urs Glaubitt (PPC), Stefan Rogat, Joachim Kopp (Netze BW), and Jürgen Boda (EnBW)

PPC will provide Smart Meter Gateways (SMGW) – keystone devices for German Smart Metering and Intelligent Metering Systems (iMsys) – for an initial pilot in Q2 2017 leading to the nationwide Smart Meter Rollout scheduled to start in Q3. Central to the agreement is the delivery of 10,000 SMGWs, for initial installations by EnBW and its partners. This strengthens the cooperation of EnBW, its subsidiary Netze BW, and Power Plus Communications (PPC).

Head of Meter and EDM Services at EnBW, Jürgen Boda anticipates that “through this cooperation we will further expand our modular offers for both regulated and competitive metering services.”

Smart meter roll out gets final go ahead

Smart Meter Gateway

On 8 July 2016, the “Digitalisation of the Energiewende Act” cleared the final legislative hurdle in the German Federal Council (Bundesrat). The new law initiates the roll-out of smart meters and related infrastructure in Germany, and defines the future roles and tasks for all market participants.

The Act is based on the Third Energy Package introduced by the EU in 2009. The Directives of this Package requires all EU member states to equip at least 80% of consumers with intelligent metering systems by 2020, subject to a positive national commercial assessment of the roll-out. The key objective of the Act is to facilitate the implementation of smart meters and Smart Meter Gateways, which ensure the meter data security. The Act introduces specific and detailed requirements, both for the design of the smart meter devices and for the transmission of data. The overall goal is to open up the German energy market to digitalisation, while ensuring a high standard of data protection and ICT security.

Following the announcement, PPC and EnBW announced an extension of their collaboration in smart metering technology.

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