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E.On chooses Corinex broadband for smart metering rollout

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Energy company E.On will use broadband over powerline in their communication mix, in the smart metering communication infrastructure for the low voltage part of their grid.

E.On chose Corinex as the solution provider for the initial two years of the deployment. The initial deployment will be several ten thousands of repeaters and head ends providing secure communication for a couple of hundred thousands of households. Corinex Grid Value network management based on IBM Tivoli platform will manage the network.

“After extensive field trials, we found that Corinex broadband over powerline technology meets our requirements for mass rollout of smart metering services. We are convinced BPL is ideally suited to address the needs of many other utilities, so E.On is interested in supporting BPL industry standardization in order to create a broad ecosystem of silicon and system vendors,” said Elmar Peine, responsible for Telecommunication Infrastructure from E.On in Germany.

“We are excited to be part of the E.On technology strategy, addressing the advanced German energy market, leading in penetration of renewables, toughest security requirements, and sophisticated load management designed for each household. Corinex, building on its leadership in BPL, is also committed to bringing G.hn for utilities,” stated Peter Sobotka, CEO of Corinex.

“IBM is happy that its product IBM Tivoli/Netcool was chosen to manage the BPL Network. The scale of this project, combined with the fact that it will be operating over a high performance network makes it one of the leading projects in the industry and a great example of true broadband implementation of IoT and capabilities of IBM technology,” said Frank Schwammberger, Industry Executive, IBM.

“The energy industry is facing new challenges, driven by increased penetration of distributed energy generation and storage, massive adoption of electric vehicles, and a transition towards renewable energy sources. These challenges create demand for broadband solutions that leverage MaxLinear’s powerline communications chipsets to enable a new generation of real-time energy services,” said Chano Gómez, MaxLinear Senior Director of Marketing, G.hn. “We are proud to provide one of the key silicon components for the Corinex solution being deployed by E.On.”

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