SP AusNet names smart meter suppliers

SP AusNet names smart meter suppliers

Summary: Victorian energy company SP AusNet announced yesterday that it had chosen Motorola to build a WiMax network to connect the smart meters it is rolling out to 680,000 customers.

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Victorian energy company SP AusNet has announced the partners, including Accenture, Logica, Motorola and Unwired, for its smart meter roll-out to 680,000 customers.

Motorola will be responsible for a WiMax communications network to connect the meters and the central system, allowing it to record electricity consumption measurements and remotely manage the customer meters.

Motorola said it had been awarded a four-year project in which it would supply 60 to 80 base stations operating at 2.3GHz as well as an access service network gateway and new microwave systems to extend the wide area network to new coverage areas. The company would start shipping products by the end of this year.

SP AusNet said it had done a deal with Unwired to use its 2.3GHz spectrum for the network.

GE together with Grid Net and Landis+Gyr will supply the thousands of WiMax enabled smart meters. Grid Net will work together with General Electric on the meter management system and eMeter is providing a meter data management system.

Logica has been signed on for systems integration of the metering systems, while Accenture will design and implement SP AusNet's new SAP Customer Information System.

SP AusNet is implementing the SAP system to help bring together metering processes with back-end systems according to SAP. The software provides consumers with insight into their energy consumption.

Enterprise Business Services has been chosen as another partner to manage the above mentioned IT projects.

UXC and Electrix will deploy meters and carry out preliminary site inspections.

Geomatic Technologies will provide products and services to implement the mobile system used for workforce management and meter install services.

A commercial arm of SP AusNet called Select Solutions will provide the overall management of the end-to-end meter exchange component for the program, including the management of all the field service providers and provisioning of the required systems, the energy provider said.

The full contingent of meters will be installed by 2013. The first phase will see 40,000 installed by June next year.

Also in Victoria, rival power companies CitiPower and Powercor will be rolling out smart meters. They signed contracts earlier this year with UXC and Bilfinger Berger for multiple services including the installation of communications technology systems.

Victoria's other electricity distributors Jemena and United Energy Distribution have also been actively preparing for their own smart meter roll-out. ZDNet.com.au believes Jemena awarded a contract to Accenture as system integrator in preparation for the roll out.

Topics: Networking, Mobility, Wi-Fi

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  • steer away

    Many people at SP Ausnet EBS are queueing to leave.... It is not a clean place..... don't sign up if you have other options ....

    It is more or less the same environment at Jemena's AMI program too
    anonymous
  • steer away..?

    As someone who has been on the Jemena project for close to three years I can say that if you don't want to be on a project that delivers great outcomes, on time, with many of the best resources in the industry then this is not the place for you!
    anonymous
  • Steer Away

    The queue to leave may be shorter than you think. Despite a number of major inititiatives and projects taking place in the Utilities sector, staff retention is high.
    anonymous
  • Jemena AMI Program

    I have only been on the AMI Program for 8 mths but what is being achieved in such a short time is nothing short of phenomenal.
    Timelines are tight and there is a lot to do but the team is focussed and the work is rewarding.
    anonymous
  • Accenture?

    Having worked in the utilities industry on many projects with Accenture I know they have great people with expertise in utilities. The Accenture team as part of the Jemena AMI Program is well on target for an on time program delivery.
    anonymous
  • steer away

    Jemena's AMI Program is only for the passionate professionals who take pride in their work and achievements. I feel that it is possible the above poster has been involved with SP Ausnet and Jemena and has a strong personal dislike for the projects. If this is true, I question why the poster maintains anonymity.
    anonymous
  • steer away... Not!

    As a former employee of one of the System Integrators mentioned in the above article, I've worked on the Jemena AMI Program. From what I've seen, it was quite the opposite, people where queuing up wanting to join this program.

    If you're looking for a challenging and rewarding work environment, then look no further!
    anonymous
  • Jemena AMI Program Focus is on Success.

    I'm no cheerleader for Accenture, but my opinion from the last 2+ years is that the team working on the Jemena Program is focussed on success. That means there's constant pressure to make the right decisions, often in an environment involving uncertainty.

    People who can only operate cookie cutters get frustrated, angry and possibly end up posting anonymous noise on internet sites.
    anonymous
  • Accenture?

    Working with Accenture on one of the projects you mention. The entire team are on target to deliver the projects outcomes against the current timeframe.
    anonymous
  • AMI Program Jemena

    I have worked on Jemena AMI Smartnet Program for 2 years. The project is full of challenges and full of great professionals! Never get bored on this Project - that's for sure!
    anonymous
  • Accenture?

    I have been working on AMI Program for last three year and worked on many other large TELCO projects/companies (Tait, Sony Erickson, Telecom, AUS police and so on). Accenture have been fantastic! I am confident that they will deliver the good for SP.
    anonymous
  • Jemena AMI Program

    The Jemena AMI program is a great work environment, that is intellectually challenging. The inept and lazy are soon found out and leave.
    anonymous
  • Steer away? On the contrary...

    On the Jemena AMI Program, most people I know have steered directly toward it to help deliver this initiative for the business and will proudly add this achievement to their resume.
    anonymous
  • Accenture

    I have had the opportunity to work with Accenture on multiple projects both within and outside the utilities industry and on a global basis. The opportunity to work with highly talented and motivated people has been fantastic. My ability to continuously learn and improve has been accentuated by working with the likes of Accenture. In relation to the Jemena AMI Program, Accenture are determined to ensure the program is delivered on time and successful.
    anonymous
  • Jemena AMI Project

    As a Jemena representative on this project I have worked with Accenture &EBS people and have found them all keen to produce a quality product and deliver on time. They all work hard to produce the product that as an end user will deliver products unseen in the industry before. It isn't always easy but all the project people have pulled together to achieve a great result in a very tight timeframe. Not sure how anyone could question the commitment of the any of project team.
    anonymous
  • Steer Away - if you cannot handle a challlenge

    Jemena's AMI Progam along with all programs of this complexity and nature will always be a challenging environment. It is this type of environment that enables individuals to be challenged and grow. The opportunity to work on a leading edge program with highly talented people - who would want to leave?? Maybe that is not for some people?
    anonymous
  • AMI Program

    Having worked on several large scale integration projects over the last several years, this has been one of the most professionally run and fuffilling experience. What has been accomplished in such a short timeframe is truly outstanding!
    anonymous
  • Steer Away???

    I have worked on the program and can only provide the following:
    1: It has a et up an go environment
    2: The senior people are profesional.
    3: You earn your money.

    Big cheers for the BIG guys. You know who you are.
    anonymous
  • Accenture

    From my experience working alongside Accenture on Utilities projects over the past 10 years covering Separation, Gas & Elec FRC and now AMI, I can't recall any project dragging on and on. Usually it's quite the opposite - fast paced projects that need high performance teams in order to deliver...
    anonymous
  • Jemena vision taking on AMI like no other

    As a long standing employee of Jemena and working on the program from its inception I can honestly say that our AMI program is second to none. Not only will we be delivering smart meters and its infrastructure at a lower cost than other distribution businesses, we are delivering it well ahead of mandated targets, with more functionality and vision than our counterparts.

    Thinking of joining the Jemena team? Our team has the capability, vision and ability to deliver the project on time, on budget, with true smart meter benefits to the consumer.
    anonymous