Networked Energy Services Announces Participation in Tauron’s Smart City Wroclaw Project Expansion
NES Patagonia EAPTM supports expansion of the largest interoperable smart metering project in Poland
San Jose, CA, February 12, 2018: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), is honored to announce that Polish utility industry leader Tauron Dystrybucja S.A. has selected NES to participate in Tauron’s smart metering expansion project. This new project expands upon the successful Tauron Smart City project in Wroclaw, where Tauron has installed about 400,000 Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) based smart meters for their distribution customers.
The Wroclaw Smart City Expansion Project includes a new installation of OSGP compliant smart meters from NES and Mitsubishi Electric, as well as an option for additional smart meters, for Tauron, the largest utility in Poland with over 5 million residential customers. This new project expands Tauron’s use of the NES System, which serves as the core infrastructure for the Wroclaw project, and provides extensive security capabilities including AES 128 encryption. This infrastructure is composed of NES’ 3 tier platform solution of OSGP compliant smart devices, control nodes and software application. The initial project utilized about 400,000 OSGP compliant and interoperable smart meters from NES and Apator, while this new project will use interoperable smart meters from NES and Mitsubishi Electric, confirming Tauron’s selection of OSGP as a robust and secure foundational layer for sophisticated smart grid solutions. When complete, the Smart City Wroclaw Project will have a single NES Patagonia Head End System which will support nearly half a million smart meters from three different vendors – all operating at greater than 99.8% performance with end-to-end AES 128 security.
Tauron’s extension project incorporates the same high levels of functionality and industry leading service-level agreements included in its Wroclaw Smart City implementation. Tauron is continuing with its strategy to provide reliable services and safe-guarding customer information through its selection of OSGP meters, which are designed, from inception, to provide best-of-class security features as standard. The project also offers many innovative services for Tauron’s customers including providing customer in home access to information on their energy consumption and the opportunity to integrate with other utility meters. The project leverages the existing NES system software along with the NES Patagonia Energy Applications Platform. This allows Tauron to efficiently manage increasing meter volumes without step-increases in staffing or training needs, as well as benefit from distributed intelligence embedded in the functionally rich smart devices.
“We have been extremely satisfied with the high performance and advanced functionality of the OSGP based NES System for the Smart City project in Wroclaw, said Dariusz Kurowski, NES Project Director. “Tauron has been a tremendous partner and we look forward to continuing to work with them on this extension project.”
“This is what the Smart Grid value proposition is all about – benefits for customers, for the utility, and for Poland. We are thrilled about continuing to work with Tauron in the extension of their smart metering infrastructure including the additional NES smart meters and OSGP compliant smart meters from Mitsubishi Electric,” said Michael Anderson, President and CEO of NES. “We are proud to participate in Tauron’s Smart City project where the NES EAPTM enables a variety of smart grid applications through the use of the NES System, and we look forward to continuing to support Tauron’s smart grid initiatives.”
About Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES)
Networked Energy Services Corporation is a global smart energy leader in the worldwide transformation of the electricity grid into an energy control network, enabling utilities to provide their customers with a more efficient and reliable service, to protect their systems from current and emerging cybersecurity threats, and to offer innovative new services that enable active, intelligent use of energy. NES was formed as a result of the spinoff of Echelon Corporation’s Grid Modernization Division in October 2014. NES is headquartered in the US with R&D centers located in Silicon Valley, North Dakota and Poland, and sales offices throughout the world. NES’ smart grid technology is used in nearly 40 million smart meters and other smart end devices around the world. NES is a member of the OSGP Alliance, a global association of utilities and smart grid companies, which promotes the Open Smart Grid Protocol and cooperates to provide utilities greater value by enabling true, independently-certified, multi-vendor interoperability based upon open international specifications and standards. You can find out more information about NES, its Patagonia Energy Applications PlatformTM (including grid management software, distributed control nodes, and smart meters) and services at: www.networkedenergy.com.