The grids of yesteryears have become obsolete, as having a one-way model does not suffice the energy demands in today’s day and age. Unreliable customer service, inefficient power distribution, and the paradigm shift towards the renewable – most notably, solar and wind power are the factors that are making the utility companies move towards smart grids. Moreover, with cross-industry trend gaining traction, utilities to stay relevant in the market are also turning to a service-based delivery of smart grid operations to make the business process become flexible, as well as avoid technology risks. However, transitioning from traditional grids is easier said than done. Utilities are fraught with balancing the supply and demand, extending the life of new and existing assets as well as deal with regulatory requirements change, while also keeping the cost low and predictable. The need for new strategies and solutions for generation, transmission, and distribution of energy is paramount, and utilities look for effective customized solutions and partners, which will transform their grids and bring them into the modern digital age.
With a mission to help the energy utilities, their customers, and communities manage energy better, Landis+Gyr delivers exhaustive smart grid solutions including smart metering, distribution network sensing, and automation tools, analytics, load control, and energy storage. Offering solutions to the problem like asset management, demand response, distributed energy sources, efficiency in advance metering infrastructure (AMI), the company’s product portfolio includes devices, services, and software.
The devices on offer include smart electricity and commercial meters such as E150, E250, E351, FOCUS AXe, AXRe, and E650, accessories like DM1, ML53, and TC33 modules. On the service side, the company apart from offering smart grid service offers, cloud and managed services. Last and most important is their software offering including advanced grid analytics, meter data management system (MDMS), software services, and custom solutions. Their Gridstream MDMS software is a proven solution that encompasses big data, infrastructure, applications, and expertise, bringing intelligence to all the levels in the utility spectrum. It provides complete, real-time access to information from the edge of distribution network: energy usage data, outage metrics and more to improve AMI, as well as enables engagement with utility customers via shared insights and control capabilities. Some other benefits of leveraging the Gridstream are, it is interoperable, expandable, and future proof and this provides a unique value to the utilities to configure the product according to their requirements.
On the other hand, the company’s advanced grid analytics solution allows utilities to accurately plan and manage DER located on the grid or at the customer’s location. Hence, with their integrated products and services, Landis+Gyr is paving the way for the next generation of energy management solutions and helping both utilities and consumers to realize the full potential of the smart grid. “We provide our customers with proven and future-ready energy solutions to realize the full potential of the smart grid industry transformation. Let’s work together and shape the future of energy,” states Richard Mora, CEO at Landis+Gyr.
A Rich Heritage
It all began when Landis+Gyr started manufacturing state-of-the-art electricity meters for European utility companies in Zug, Switzerland in 1896. Owing to the success in the European market, the company expanded the geographical boundaries and went global in 1924 with their first overseas office in New York, USA, followed by others in Melbourne, Australia. By the end of the 20th century, Landis+Gyr, staying at the forefront of digital technologies developed and launched their first range of digital meters, to monitor the electricity usage efficiently. They were amongst the first to come up with smart grid solutions at the beginning of the 21st century, and since then operate as the vanguard of the smart utility equipment market.
Landis+Gyr is a smart company – just like our products and services are. That means we are reliable, customer-focused, and always committed to innovation and quality
Making an Impact
“Landis+Gyr is a smart company – just like our products and services are. That means we are reliable, customer-focused, and always committed to innovation and quality,” says Mora. The company, currently, caters to more than 3,500 utility companies across the globe and has the broadest portfolio of products and services in the industry. With a strong team of 1300+ engineers and research professionals, the company is committed to streamlining operations, improving energy efficiency, and improving customer service for utility providers.
Additionally, having a rich experience of over 120 years contributes towards substantial value to the company’s offering. Going an extra mile, Landis+Gyr go all-out to understand utility’s smart grid initiatives, and then works on to provide the practical solutions for maximum ROI, asset care, and a future-ready smart grid. Collaborating with Landis+Gyr, utilities can gain PMP and ITIL certifications, expert cloud services, SSAE16 compliance, and more. “We see ourselves as a partner for all our customers operating in countries worldwide under different regulations, with diverse infrastructure and geographies and varying sociodemographic characteristics and environmental requirements,” mentions Mora.
The firm has assisted many organizations in several domains to tackle the increasing challenges of the utility industry. In one instance, United Illuminating Company (UI), an electric distribution company serving over 325,000 industrial, commercial, and residential customers in Bridgeport and the Greater New Haven areas, upgraded from one-way daily meter reading system to advanced meter infrastructure (AMI). The goal of UI was to acquire daily and interval data in billing and distribution operations for Time of Day (TOD) billing, outage detection, theft detection, and more. However, large volumes of data without governing rules, including outage information, meter events, and premise-customer relationships caused limited visibility into the data for business analysts. “Our internal data management system was at its design limits and was not flexible to change with the advancing data analysis and data requirements needed as we moved forward. Few people if any, outside of our small group of data analysts, could easily access the data and use it to any benefit,” mentions Guy Cattaruzza, Senior Director, Revenue Metering Systems & Standard Field, United Illuminating.
To handle a large amount of data, Landis+Gyr assisted the company in migrating its internal data management system to Gridstream MDMS. It was then configured to store all the historical data for every service delivery point in the UI’s service area. As a result, Gridstream MDMS brought a streamlined approach for UI, enabling them to access the complete history of daily meter reads and diagnostic events contained within the software.
Empowering the Future
The technological disruption such as big data, IoT, artificial intelligence, and predictive intelligence are revolutionizing every sector today. Besides, the trend of digitization has allowed utilities to participate in the energy market actively and be part of a broader ecosystem. These trends are paving the new ways for organizations such as Landis+Gyr, to be more data-driven and decentralized, enabling them to develop specialized business models to cater to the increasingly complex and dynamic market. “The Smart Grid offers the appropriate solutions that empower utilities and distribution system operators to effectively manage increasing complexity in a system that is becoming more and more dynamic, data-driven and decentralized,” concludes Mora.