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.”
Atos Origin, unique capabilities for integrating and managing complex, long-term projects
Atos Origin has an impressive track record in managing and upgrading highly critical real-time systems over several decades of service. Atos Origin’s partnership with EDF since 1978 for France’s nuclear power program is emblematic of this approach. The new AMM project is intended to serve as a catalyst for innovation and drive the transformation to the future smart grid model. For this reason, the ability to guarantee long-term performance and future upgrades over a multi-decade timeframe is essential.
Atos Origin is recognized worldwide for its expertise in designing, integrating and operating complex systems, including commitments to deadlines and seamless coordination of multiple project participants both inside and outside the group. Methods and processes that have proven their efficiency during the group’s partnership with the Olympic Games will be deployed for the vast AMM Pilot project. Atos Origin will be lead manager of a consortium comprising meter manufacturers, specialized software application developers and infrastructure providers.
Atos Origin, a partner of choice for global energy industry leaders
Atos Origin has been working with the world’s leading energy companies to support their diverse activities for more than 30 years. The information system for this groundbreaking AMM system must combine interoperability, security and open-ended capability to integrate future enhancements. Atos Origin has drawn on its experts’ in-depth knowledge of leading-edge metering technologies to develop a turnkey solution for the pilot phase and begin implementing the project from day one.
Specifications call for the AMM system to deliver data transmission and processing performance equivalent to that of a nuclear power plant control room. Thanks to its experience in applications for the nuclear industry, Atos Origin has crafted a robust architecture that meets these exacting availability and reliability requirements.
The Atos Worldline entity has 20 years of experience in designing solutions for telecom operators and in processing high-volume electronic payment transactions that require unyielding security. The unit has leveraged this expertise to provide an efficient and secure communications solution for the AMM system at optimum cost.
An innovative solution and a European benchmark
This project will see the installation of 35 million smart meters and 700,000 concentrators to guarantee both impeccable quality and uninterrupted service, making it the largest-ever European program in this sector and a new benchmark for excellence.
ERDF has selected the Power Line Carrier (PLC) protocol for the project. Designed by Atos Origin and its partners, this protocol enables metering hardware interoperability and sourcing of equipment from different vendors. Atos Origin research teams have created a PLC Certification Laboratory, the only resource of its kind in the market. The lab will test the compatibility of all new equipment. By encouraging complete transparency, this innovative PLC technology will become a de facto standard.
Atos Origin is pleased to be working with ERDF on this project, whose strong positive environmental impact reflects the partners’ commitment to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company’s annual revenues are EUR 5.8 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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