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International energy and infrastructure company BKW Group has appointed Siemens to install a cloud-based meter data management system for power consumption data. Siemens, working with Omnetric Group, the technology services company it founded with Accenture, will implement, integrate and operate the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution.

Siemens supplies cloud based grid dataBKW provides planning and consulting on engineering for power, infrastructure and environmental projects, as well as integrated building control technology services, and the construction, servicing and maintenance of power, telecommunications, transport, and water supply networks. Swiss law now requires the installation of smart electricity meters, and as a result, the volume of data that BKW is required to process will increase exponentially.

In addition, putting Switzerland’s energy strategy into practice requires power and infrastructure companies to align their grid-based processes with a large number of technical and commercial interfaces with market partners. Dealing with these huge volumes of data and incorporating decentralised energy solutions necessitates a thorough reorientation of grid-based processes over the long term. That’s why the BKW Group decided to fully digitalise and automate the processes in its grid data management system, it said in a statement.

Siemens will introduce its EnergyIP cloud-based meter data management system by the beginning of 2019. The system will address BKW’s demand for strong data security, as well as digitally-enabled automated processing of bulk data.

Many EnergyIP applications have been in use around the world for a number of years. These include applications for meter data management and decentralised power management, energy efficiency applications for the energy sector and industry, and numerous applications for data analytics, such as load forecasts for the grid or to trace grid losses. There are also EnergyIP applications for outage management and the management of devices and systems in transformer substations.

“Our technology has been the recipient of many awards from leading analyst firms. It offers the BKW Group a comprehensive, integrated overview of its data and systems, making them easier to analyse and improving the decision making process,” says Thomas Zimmermann, CEO of the Digital Grid Business Unit, part of the Siemens Energy Management Division.

EnergyIP is not the only award-winning technology offered by Siemens. The company recently won the Digital Solutions of the Year award for its Siemens South Africa Headquarters Micro Grid Project. The award was announced at the Africa Utility Week Industry Awards.

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