Smart energy trade event European Utility Week 2015 opens tomorrow in the Austrian capital Vienna.
The three-day event, which comprises a conference and exhibition, covers smart grids, smart meters and smart energy technologies and will be attended by vendors, utilities and industry associations.
Smart energy organisation ESMIG is one association that will be present at Messe Wien.
ESMIG said its message for the event is demonstrating the open architecture for demand response solution that it has developed between its members.
The platform aims to improve interoperability between smart meters and consumer energy management solutions.
German energy management company Gruner said it plans to showcase its range of bistable components for use in smart meters and prepayment systems at the trade fair.
Gruner said the advantage of the switching technology is that it uses a control pulse, which reduces power consumption and losses due to heat, thereby increasing the life of the relay.
Gruner will display its relay models 725 and 736, which are suited for maximum switching currents of up to 100A, and the 723 model, designed for currents of up to 120A.
French machine to machine connectivity company Sigfox will use the event as a platform to announce two agreements.
The cellular communications company said in a statement last week that it will unveil a partnership with a French nationwide water company that is using Internet of Things to improve service delivery.
Sigfox has also flagged up another deal with a global vendor to manufacture low-cost smart electricity meters tailored to the Sigfox network.
Sigfox representatives will also participate in the conference programme, with Stuart Lodge, executive vice president of global sales and partners, contributing to tomorrow's keynote panel discussion 'Future IoT'.
LogNet Billing, a unit of UK-based LogNet Systems, a provider of billing solutions for multiple service environments, said it will introduce the latest version of its MaxBill Solution at European Utility Week 2015.
Version 5 includes a mobile self-care app, predictive analytics and new business process templates for service providers to improve customer engagement and create better service offerings, said the company.
“Good customer engagement strategies and initiatives are important in newly competitive markets as customers now have alternatives and can easily switch providers. Retail energy companies and other utilities providers must strategically differentiate themselves with better service offerings and customer service,” explained Kirill Rechter, CEO of billing solution provider LogNet Billing.
“Transparent and fair charging that is clear and accurate and does not include any lock in fees or hidden charges will help build loyal customers. Efficient business processes, including self-service options, as well service packages are also very important.”
In other pre-event announcements, Japanese ROHM semiconductor group will showcase a new radio module developed between one of its subsidiaries LAPIS semiconductor and UK wireless communications company AMIHO Technology.
The compact AM060 radio module is designed for the smart meter and Internet of Things markets needing to communicate to a local hub or gateway.
The module operates at the Wireless Meter-Bus standard of 868 MHz, with a low power draw, compact footprint, and built-in data flash.
Hiroshi Kume, senior product marketing manager at ROHM Semiconductor Germany, said: “The ML7345 radio incorporated allows a versatile frequency selection which means it can be used in a variety of applications and regions where Wireless Meter-Bus and other sub-1GHz ISM bands have been adopted.”
Silver Spring Networks
Smart grid company Silver Spring Networks meanwhile will be touting its new service - Operations Optimizer solution.
The analytics application features four modules - AMI Operations, Grid Operations, Revenue Assurance, and Customer Programmes.
And finally, advanced metering management company Sierra Wireless will demonstrate solutions for smart metering and smart grid projects including how utility companies can use its device-to-cloud solution to enable an energy monitoring system to support customer facing applications, create new service revenue streams, and improve the customer experience.
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