Paris, France --- (METERING.COM) --- October 13, 2008 - Electricité de France’s (EDF) automated meter management (AMM) pilot project is under way with the participation of three meter companies – Itron subsidiary Actaris, Slovenia-based Iskraemeco, and Landis+Gyr – under the management of consortium leader Atos Origin.

Atos Origin, an international information technology company, is also developing the architecture for the information system that will read and manage the meter data that will be gathered.

The three meter vendors are each providing 100,000 meters to the 300,000 meter pilot – Iskraemeco all single phase meters and Actaris and Landis+Gyr 80,000 single-phase and 20,000 three-phase meters each. In addition Actaris and Landis+Gyr are supplying 3,500 data concentrators each, to be installed at low voltage transformer stations.

Rollout for the pilot, which will take place in the regions of Tours and Lyon, is expected to start in early 2010. When the project is completed in 2017, it will have seen the installation of 35 million smart meters and 700,000 concentrators, making it the largest European program in this sector.

EDF subsidiary ERDF has selected the Power Line Carrier (PLC) protocol for the project. Designed by Atos Origin and its partners, this protocol enables metering hardware interoperability and sourcing of equipment from different vendors. Atos Origin research teams also have created a PLC Certification Laboratory – the only resource of its kind in the market – to test the compatibility of all new equipment.

According to Atos Origin the specifications call for EDF’s AMM system to deliver data transmission and processing performance equivalent to that of a nuclear power plant control room. With experience in applications for the nuclear industry, a robust architecture that meets these exacting availability and reliability requirements has been crafted.