Italgas’ reports that the company’s decision to invest in these processes “is a response to the recent reform of the gas distribution sector in Italy, which rewards companies that combine better integration of resources, operational efficiency, and technological innovation.”
The utility is upgrading many of its operations from manual to automatic so they can be controlled remotely, providing benefits in terms of increasing the service quality and reducing costs.
Nunzio Mirtillo, head of Ericsson region Mediterranean calls the agreement “an important milestone on the journey to Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society. ICT is already transforming many industries such as the utility sector—enabling smart grids to deliver real-time information, giving companies greater control over their energy usage and saving money on their energy bills.”
Regulations and legislation throughout the European Union is promoting smart meter technology. In Italy, the country’s Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas (AEEG) mandated that 60 percent of residential gas meters and 100 percent of industrial gas meters must be digital by the end of 2018. To that end, Italgas reports it previously partnered with Ericsson “to build and integrate the advanced meter management and reading system and the meter data management systems with existing systems for 150,000 large and industrial customers.”
Italgas is part of Snam Rete Gas, the leading natural gas distributor in Italy with about six million customers.