smart electric meters

ADD Bulgaria has signed a deal with EVN Bulgaria for the delivery of 550,000 smart electricity meters based on PRIME technology.ADD Bulgaria is ADD GRUP’s exclusive distributor in Bulgaria that had a key role in ADDAX IMS implementations in the country. [ADD GRUP completes AMI pilot in Lithuania]

The distributor will supply the smart electricity meters over a period of four years.

Once the deployment is complete, 80% of all meters in EVN’s network will be AMR-enabled.

EVN has been using ADD’s ADDAX AMI technology since 2009 with more than 500,000 meters communicating over powerline communication.

Over communications technology changed over the past several years from Frequency-shift keying (FSK) communication, to S-FSK and will now employ PRIME technology.

The current technology will be based on PRIME v. 1.3.6 with possibility for further upgrade to PRIME v. 1.4

Smart meter security

The smart meter solution will also include Thales keyAuthority – a hardened cryptographic appliance that provides high assurance key management to users of storage applications and systems with embedded encryption. Thales keyAuthority supports the widely-accepted industry standard KMIP (Key Management Interoperability Protocol) to allow comprehensive endpoint interoperability.

The solution first integrated with ADDAX AMI solution in Latvia will ensure a high security for EVN Bulgaria’s ADDAX AMI system operation by:

  • Automating key lifecycle management across all layers of the energy supply chain
  • Lowering the risk of security breaches with high assurance, reliable hardware designed to FIPS 140-2 level 3
  • Centralising policy using a single approach to control and audit keys
  • Dramatically shortening the development and implementation with Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP)

More information about this project as well as experience in other large AMI roll-outs can be obtained from ADD GRUP team at European Utility Week 2016 in Barcelona (Booth no.: 3G109)