STMicroelectronics Selected Technical Partner of E-Distribuzione for Its New Smart-Meter Platform
- Several ST leading-edge components power “Open Meter,” the second-generation smart-meter platform designed and developed by E-Distribuzione, an Enel group company
- New agreement continues 15-year collaboration with Enel in Europe with about 40 million meters already deployed
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) , a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is supporting E-Distribuzione, the Enel Group company holding the concession for electricity-distribution services, in the deployment of “Open Meter,” the second-generation smart-meter platform designed and developed by E-Distribuzione.
The Open Meter extends the benefits of traditional advanced metering infrastructures (AMI) by introducing a communication link inside the home leveraging on open standard Meters and More protocol, enabling enhanced services such as smart-home energy management, dynamic tariff optimization, and better, more complete usage information for customers.
ST is supporting E-Distribuzione’s Open Meter program with the latest evolution of its PLC System-on-Chip (SoC) programmable platforms, as well as energy-conscious 32-bit application microcontrollers, high-efficiency power-supply ICs, and discrete semiconductors for power control and switching. The high feature integration and performance of these devices simplify connecting smart objects in the home with the Smart Grid and the Cloud, helping to improve management of precious resources and ensure secure and robust infrastructures as consumer needs and environmental concerns continue to intensify.
“ST has been supporting Enel’s pioneering deployment of smart meters since 2001 with successful programs in Italy, Spain, Eastern Europe, and Latin America,” said Domenico Arrigo, General Manager, Industrial and Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics. “ST is now supplying the latest and most advanced PLC and smart-meter technologies to Enel for this new step forward.”
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