HP has announced that it has signed a a $20.6m, two-year application services agreement with CEZ Group, an electricity generation and distribution conglomerate based in the Czech Republic, to implement an advanced meter management (AMM) pilot programme.
HP will lead a consortium of companies to install more than 40,000 smart meters. The pilot programme will enable consumers to monitor household energy usage and change consumption habits to lower costs, as well as giving them a role in environmental sustainability. It also allows CEZ Group to manage the meters from four vendors in preparation for full-scale AMM deployment. HP Utility Centre software will manage event and alarm management over the network to ensure security and minimise disruptions.
One reason for the pilot is to help CEZ Group comply with the new EU policy that prohibits utilities services from billing upfront. “As a result of new EU regulation, companies now need to find a cost-effective and resourceful way to provide customers with real-time monthly billing,” said Jan Zadak, Senior Vice President HP Enterprise Business EMEA. HP expects to complete installation of the smart meter technology by the end of next year.