US Smart grid company Trilliant has announced that it will be providing communications software to British Gas as part of the utility’s smart metering activities. British Gas will use Trilliant's enterprise communications management software, UnitySuite, for smart electric and gas meters, home energy displays, thermostats and other devices.
To quote Andy White, President and CEO of Trilliant; "This continues our market expansion in Europe and we look forward to expanding our role in the United Kingdom where the government plans to replace 47 million existing domestic gas and electricity meters with smart meters by 2020."
Trilliant is pushing hard into the market and this looks like a significant win. The company has been successful in its home market, but this is an important deal in the rapidly evolving European market, which has easily as much growth potential in the coming years.
Trilliant has been around since 1985 so has plenty of expertise and is trying to establish itself as the market leader. As we reported in September, the company is integrating UnitySuite with IBM’s WebSphere and Tivoli products and the two companies are pursuing joint solutions development and integrated offerings as well as cooperating on industry standards development. It’s that sort of partnership that could help seal Trilliant’s market position.
The British Gas deployment is expected to start in December.