Sweden’s grid modernization program took another leap forward recently, with the announcement that Ericsson will provide Sweden’s E.ON Elnät Sverige AB (E.ON) energy company with the latest version of Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) software and Element Manager. Part of Ericsson’s hosted big data and smart grid solution, the NES software will be added to the more than 400,000 Echelon smart meters already installed in Sweden — providing new features that include remote upgrading of smart meters, plus automatic monitoring of network conditions to predict and prevent outages.
Echelon’s NES software and Element Manager, based upon its proven control networking technology, supports a range of applications that will help improve Sweden’s energy infrastructure, paving the way for a safer, more reliable, and more efficient grid.
E.ON, which is part of one of the largest private energy companies in the world, sees the Ericsson and Echelon solution as an important step toward real-time measurement and analysis of big data. E.ON is using the Ericsson-hosted solution to gather data from Echelon’s smart meters on a daily basis – a 3000% increase in data delivery compared to the previous monthly data collections – so that E.ON’s customers have accurate and up-to-date information on energy consumption.
“We believe that empowered consumers will be more efficient in their energy usage, and this will result in a more sustainable society,” said Per-Olof Lindholm, Management Director at E.ON.
Of course, the evolution of smart grids is a priority well beyond Sweden’s borders, including in the U.S. and throughout the EU. The long-term goal is a smart energy network that manages a huge amount of data in 24-hour intervals.
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