The Swedish utility Vattenfall has signed a contract with meter manufacturers Iskraemeco of Slovenia for delivery of a complete system for remote meter reading. The system, which includes delivery of the equipment, installation, start-up and servicing, has a project value of €30 million and will cover 150,000 households.
Last year the Swedish government passed a law requiring utilities to install an AMR system into every customer's home or business premises by 2009. Vattenfall alone will replace close to one million meters for residential customers, and will connect them in a uniform central billing system.
Vattenfall awarded the contract to Iskraemeco after a call for tenders. Since Iskraemeco had already sold a major system to Swedish energy company Sydcraft, it was able to demonstrate its ability to meet Vattenfall's requirements – an important element in the final selection of Iskraemeco as the preferred supplier. The company has long been involved in the development of systems for remote meter reading of industrial consumers' meters, and more recently has designed a new generation of AMR meter reading systems for residential use, enabling them to continue to increase their international market share.