Telenor Cinclus First to Market in Scandinavia for Automated Meter Reading Solution Using BEA Systems
European Service Provider Can Help Reduce Time To Market by 50 Percent for Innovative Energy Management System
Core News Facts
1. Telenor Cinclus first to market in Scandinavia with a large scale GPRS-based Automated Meter Reading Solution with BEA WebLogic® Integration
2. Telecommunications service provider can help reduce launch time of innovative automated energy meter reading (AMR) solution by 50 percent with BEA.
3. AMR system designed to make it easier and less time-consuming for consumers to monitor their energy consumption, simplifies the collection of meter data for the energy provider, and enhances the security of energy supply.
OSLO—Jan. 24, 2007—BEA Systems, Inc., a world leader in enterprise and communications infrastructure software, today announced that Telenor Cinclus is first to market in Scandinavia for an innovative, large scale GPRS-based automated energy meter reading (AMR) solution underpinned by BEA. The company—a part-owned subsidiary of Telenor, the largest telecommunications company in Norway—is using BEA WebLogic® Integration to help reduce the development time for the AMR solution by up to fifty percent. This service-centric AMR system is designed to make it easier and less time-consuming for the consumer to monitor their energy consumption, simplify the collection of meter data for the energy provider and enhance the security of energy supply. The solution is designed to support the Swedish authorities’ requirements for all households to have automatic meter reading by the year 2009.
“We estimate that we have been able to bring the AMR solution to market 50 percent faster than we would otherwise have done using traditional Java programming tools,” says Torleif Grasto, Project Manager, Telenor Cinclus. “It was imperative that we implemented the AMR solution in the shortest possible timeframe in order to capitalize on the ‘first to market’ advantage. BEA’s market leadership, the proven capabilities of BEA WebLogic Integration, coupled with the stable, scalable environment convinced us that WebLogic Integration was the right choice for the AMR system.”
Telenor and Skagerak Energi are partnering to replace the traditional labor-intensive approach to domestic and business meter reading with the AMR system. The challenge was to identify and deploy an applications infrastructure solution which would be designed to integrate information between the utility provider, meter collection system, contractors and operators.
Telenor Cinclus currently has already won major AMR contracts. In Sweden, the company is implementing a solution which will be designed to provide the energy company E.ON’s customers with automatic meter reading. The project means that 141,000 households in the Skåne region will no longer need to read their electric meter manually. They will also be able to reduce their power consumption.
In the summer 2006, Telenor Cinclus also entered into an agreement to supply automatic meter reading solutions to the Swedish energy company Fortum. This will affect 835,000 Swedish homes, equivalent to 16 percent of all households in Sweden, and will be the largest AMR delivery in the Nordic region. Over a period of ten years, Telenor Cinclus will supply solutions, equipment and communication; it will also operate the system. The delivery will enable Fortum to meet the Swedish authorities’ requirements for all households to have automatic meter reading by 2009.
BEA WebLogic Integration is at the heart of Telenor Cinclus’ breakthrough technology solution, connecting information between the utility provider, the meter collection system, contractors and operators. It is built from the ground up with heterogeneity and agility in mind, designed to accommodate a wide array of legacy, packaged, custom and service-oriented resources being integrated, deployed and managed flexibly and efficiently as business processes change. This can help enable the Telenor Cinclus team to build an adaptable, service-oriented environment that is designed to extend existing skill sets and help allow IT to rapidly integrate and assemble business functionality to speed up the completion of AMR projects.
BEA WebLogic Integration is a key component of the BEA SOA 360º platform. Announced in Sept. at BEAWorld 2006 in San Francisco, the BEA SOA 360º platform is designed to deliver the industry’s most unified SOA platform and spans all three of BEA’s product families, AquaLogic, WebLogic, Tuxedo® and the company’s newly unveiled SOA collaborative tooling environment, BEA Workspace 360º. (See Sept. 19, 2006, press release titled “BEA Announces SOA 360o; Industry’s most unified SOA Platform to transform and optimize business.”) For more information about BEA WebLogic Integration, please visit www.bea.com/weblogic.
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