Dusseldorf, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- March 28, 2008 – Stadtwerke Duesseldorf is the first utility in Germany to implement an AMM system with the Landis+Gyr in-home display, the ecoMeter, with the aim of testing the viability of enhanced smart metering systems among its customers.

The contract, which is part of a pilot project lasting one year, comprises 10 PLC-PLAN concentrators, 1000 ZMF120 meters, 1000 PLC-PLAN modules and the ecoMeter. The first thousand ZMF120 meters are currently being installed at the homes of 1000 utility customers within the city of Dusseldorf who volunteered to be part of the project. From autumn 2008 Landis+Gyr will introduce the eco-Meter, the in-home display, into customers' homes.

This will enable customers to monitor their individual energy consumption in terms of cost, as well as the amount of greenhouse gas emissions their consumption produces, directly from the small display, which they can place in their living room or kitchen. Other developments include the connection of the ZMF120 meter to other multi-energy media such as gas and water, giving the customer a further insight into their individual consumption patterns.  

Regular questionnaires will be sent to the pilot participants in order to monitor how they find the new communication channels, and to analyze how this affects the usage of these channels.  

The project is being carried out in conjunction with the ministry for the environment of the regional capital of Dusseldorf, the consumer centre NRW and the centre for innovative energy systems at Dusseldorf university.