Friday, 4 July 2008

ERDF And Atos Origin Partner On Smart Meters

ERDF, a subsidiary of EDF and the largest electricity distribution network in the European Union, has launched a major transformation program that will see the replacement of 35 million electricity meters in France, beginning with a pilot trial of 300,000 meters. To help ensure the success of this huge project, ERDF has selected Atos Origin as architect for the information system and lead manager of the consortium of technology firms that will conduct the pilot phase.

New "smart meters" are able to transmit and receive data for remote reading and optimized network management. Installing millions of these new meters is in itself a massive undertaking that will also generate huge volumes of data to be transmitted, stored and processed. The information system to manage this remote metering data constitutes the core of the Automated Meter Management (AMM) system.

"We’re extremely pleased that ERDF has chosen us as both overall integrator for the pilot phase of the project and to build the central information system for this truly extraordinary program," said Philippe Germond, Chief Executive Officer of Atos Origin. "Atos Origin won this contract on the strength of our deep expertise in targeted industry sectors and our ability to integrate, manage and upgrade mission-critical systems over a long-term horizon. This business win is a great example of how we capitalize on expertise and innovation across the group to deliver excellence for our clients."

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