Introduction of smart meters for remote energy readings

Arcus SA and T-Matic Systems SA – pioneers in smart meters for remote energy readings in Poland – presented the meters, that will be installed in Polish homes later this year.

The consortium will deliver 310 thousand meters to Energa-Operator SA. It will be the first meter implementation of such proportion in Poland.

“We’re happy to be pioneers in Poland when it comes to this area. Polish owners of apartments and houses, in which Energa-Operator will replace the old meters with new ones, will receive a perfect tool for energy saving. This savings, thanks to the on-line account access and ability to track the energy usage, will allow not only to protect our natural environment, but also to save up to 9% in energy costs. There will be no more prognosis-based bills, we will pay only for the energy we actually used.” – emphasises Michał Czeredys, Arcus’ President.

According to the EU directives, all energy operators in the European Union are obliged to install smart meters for remote energy readings for at least 80% of consumers until the end of 2020. The meters are a key element of smart energy grids. The main goal of the general “smart metering” idea is not only to strengthen the consumer’s position in his relationship with the energy supplier, but also to reach a milestone in protecting the environment and reducing the CO2 emission in the future.

“The smart meters are supposed to encourage the consumers to save energy and produce power from their own energy sources, such as windmills, solar or photovoltaic panels. There are also on-going works towards government support for ‘prosumers’ – people, who both consume and produce power in their backyard plants – only smart meters are able to count both the production and usage of energy in a household while relaying them remotely and eliminating malfunctions.” – says Piotr Pastuszka, the President of T-Matic Systems SA, a smart grid and smart metering leader in Poland, a company belonging to Arcus S.A. Group.

The technology and security features used in production of smart meters, what will be installed in Poland this year by Energa-Operator, guarantee safety of the data registered by the devices.

“An energy meter is a metering device that is encoded in a way similar to credit cards. This means that the data from the meter are secured like our money on a bank account, and the users privacy is protected like it is in banks – that is according to the Law on Personal Data Protection” – says Rafał Filipek, the Director of Smart Grids Department in T-Matic Systems SA, responsible for the smart meter implementation project for Energa-Operator.

The data registered in the smart meters delivered by Arcus and T-Matic Systems is encoded with the help of Current – a world pioneer and leader in smart communication and managing electro-energetic networks.

“We have many years of experience in creating data security features in energy meters. Hundreds of thousands of devices with our solutions have been installed all over the world. We ensure data safety by the PRIME communication standard, created by us and successfully implemented in a few countries, this year also in Poland. The additional openness of the system, comparable to open-source software used worldwide in mobile devices, allows constantly modernising the meters in this standard and broadening their capabilities. For energy operators, PIRME’s openness also improves the competitiveness in choosing device suppliers.” – says Manu Sharma, the Vice-President of Current and co-author of the PRIME communication standard used in smart meters.

Apart from Current, Arcus and T-Matic also partners with ADD, a Moldavian producer of metering devices, for the smart meter delivery project.

The introduction of the smart meters took place on the same day as the launch of the website dedicated solely to smart meters. You can find there all the necessary information about what smart meters have to offer to consumers.

The website is: www.zdalnyodczytenergii.pl