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Lyse chooses Telenor Connexion for smart electricity metres

Lyse Elnett
is the first larger network provider to widely install smart electricity metres
in Norwegian homes. This rollout marks the starting point which will allow more
services available for smart homes. Lyse has selected Telenor Connexion to be
the mobile communications provider for the solution, which will be installed in
140,000 households.

According to a decision by the AMS
(Advanced Metering System) of the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy
Directorate, all customers in Norway will have access to a smart electricity
metre by latest 1 January, 2019. The electricity companies will be responsible
for the implementation, and the first wide-scale rollout will be initiated at
the end of the year when Lyse install smart electricity metres in their
customers’ homes in the Sør-Rogaland area of Norway. This rollout is estimated
to include 140,000 households by the end of 2018.

Lyse Smart is on behalf of Lyse Elnett responsible for
the communication to and from the metres. The company will also offer
commercial services that are optional for the customer.

– Smart electricity metres are a milestone
which will benefit customers as well as society. The communications unit at the metre can also be a hub for smart home
services, and this roll-out eliminates parts of the high cost threshold that
has characterised the smart home-market. This will enable customers to easily
control lights, heating, alarms, doors and shading from smartphones or tablet
devices, says Jan Holm, Managing Director of Lyse Smart, a subsidiary of Lyse,
which develops and sells these kinds of solutions under the brand name Smartly.

The smart electricity metre registers the electricity consumption
on an hourly basis and automatically sends this information to Lyse Elnett
through a communications unit, which is coupled to the metre. This means that
the customer can receive detailed information regarding their electricity usage
and thereby know the exact account payment due. Combined with heat management,
the customer can save money by only using the heating system when it is
actually necessary, and when prices on the electricity market are low. In
addition to this, Lyse Elnett will further enhance the delivery quality further
through comprehensive usage of metre data.

Access to the system is important

– Establishing quality in our communications solutions
is critical to us. We have chosen a system enabling redundant communications
solutions and where Telenor Connexion is supplying a central component
communications via the mobile network. We will provide welfare technology so
that the elderly can live in the comfort of their homes for longer, and the
most important functions of the home become digitalised. Availability and
stability are critical, which is why we have chosen Telenor Connexion, as they
have experience from this area, says Holm.

The solution from Telenor Connexion
includes hardware and services. Telenor Connexion will also provide a
VPN-solution and access to real-time data for secure communication between Lyse
Elnett and the metre. Additionally, support services which will be available 24
hours per day for immediate troubleshooting, as well as access to the country’s
leading network through Telenor Norway.

– We are proud that Lyse has chosen us to
be the supplier in the first large rollout of AMS, and that we will be part of
reducing energy consumption, says Per Simonsen, CEO of Telenor Connexion. We
have extensive experience within the field, as we were involved in the
connection and operation of almost 1 million electric metres as part of
regulating the electricity market in Sweden in 2009. Our communication
solutions are also available in several other critical services such as house
alarms, OnCall (car alarms) and other monitoring services.

Telenor Connexion is a wholly owned subsidiary of the
Telenor Group. The company is completely dedicated to business solutions within
machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT).

For more information

Espen Schiager, Communication Advisor, Lyse Energi AS
espen.schiager@lyse.no, +47 47509176

Kristina Grandin,PR and Communications, Telenor Connexion
+46 734-25 26 21

Telenor Connexion is a part of Telenor Group, one of the world’s largest mobile operators.