Brasov, Romania --- (METERING.COM) --- December 8, 2010 - Romanian state-owned utility Electrica SA and distribution system solution provider Flashnet, with the support of CURRENT Technologies International (part of the CURRENT group), have launched the first Eastern European smart grid test project in Brasov.

An area located in the historical center of the city was chosen for the smart grid project because of the obsolete electric distribution network, and comprises seven transformation points installed in different locations.

Flashnet’s smart grid concept incorporates a two-way communications and data management system onto the existing power cables. This solution, which enables data transfer from anywhere on the network to the central management console, is aimed to increase the quality of the services, reduce network losses and provide a functional infrastructure for telemetry systems.

“The success of this pilot project will allow future implementation of smart grid throughout the entire city,” said Ioan Rosca, general manager of Electrica Distribution South Transylvania.

The first phase will cover 5,000 to 10,000 residential and industrial customers in Brasov, after which smart meters will be installed at all houses in the city. The project cost is estimated at €5-7 million.

The technology to be used in the Brasov trial includes a medium voltage data communications network, the online analysis of the parameters of the low voltage transformation points, the PRIME telemetry system, monitoring and alerting software dispatch system, as well as video monitoring and sensors for movement, humidity, temperature, smoke and flooding.

Due to interest in the project from the Romanian minister of economy, Ion Ariton, Electrica SA and Flashnet intend to expand the smart grid implementation to all Electrica South Translyvania’s 1.065 million customers within the next ten years.