Mainz, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- September 13, 2010 - Électricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF), a wholly owned subsidiary of the EDF Group and one of the largest electricity distribution networks in the European Union, has selected Elster as one of two suppliers to help it develop an interoperable and modular smart meter to support its future smart meter and smart grid initiatives.

The ERDF Linky smart meters are part of the utility’s Linky automated meter management (AMM) system, and they will help ERDF customers control electricity consumption, improve overall energy management and enable the utility to perform remote meter reads.

The Elster proof-of-concept modular smart meter will be designed with a dual architecture featuring both a socket and communications module. The Linky smart socket could remain at a customer site for significantly longer than existing technology. Connected to the smart socket, the Linky smart module can be quickly and easily replaced to keep pace with frequent advances in communications technologies. This flexibility extends the life of ERDF smart meters, while still delivering the energy efficiency benefits provided by new technologies. 

Elster will develop the modular smart meter during the next 11 months, along with another supplier, and several samples will be produced and approved for field testing by ERDF. By choosing two development partners, ERDF will assure the level of interoperability of the meters, as well as compatibility with the existing Linky AMM system, including integration with the utility’s ATOS information system.

The meter concept would then be submitted to the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) committee for approval. Under the MID, meters which receive MID approval may be used in all EU countries.