Zenner is expanding its smart product portfolio and will be taking over the energy business sector of Italian smart gas meter specialist, Alfa Centauri S.p.A.
The new Company will be registered as ZENNER Gas S.r.l. and will move the headquarters from Fara Filiorum Petri in Italy to Pescara.
This move will further expand Zenner's position in the international smart meter market.
According to a company release, the manufacturer "has already been offering smart water meters, heat meters and heat cost allocators for several years, using wireless m-bus technology and based on LPWAN radio technology for the Internet of Things (IoT). The product family is now being expanded to included new smart gas meters with innovative communication modules by the newly formed Company ZENNER Gas."
“With the new company... we are putting ourselves in a position to be able to offer our customers intelligent gas meters with IoT technology such as LoRaWAN in addition to smart water meters, heat meters and heat cost allocators. These solutions are an important element on the way to the digitalised energy and utilities industry”, explains Alexander Lehmann, Managing Director of the Minol-ZENNER Group.
The company produces approximately 3 million gas meters annually.
Alfa Centauri supplies remote reading technology for smart gas meters. The company also offers its customers services in the sectors of remote meter reading, data management and consumption settlement as well as the remote reading and administration of gas tanks.
Besides France, the UK and the Netherlands, Italy is also one of the few major EU markets to decide in favour of the obligatory introduction of intelligent gas meters. Several million smart gas meters have already been installed to date. Experience from this rollout, in which Alfa Centauri played an important planning role, has been integrated successfully into the company’s product development.