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Echelon Corp., a control networking platform company, and its partner Kapsch Smart Energy, an end-to-end smart metering and smart grid solutions provider, have won several pilots with Austrian utilities Wien Energie, IKB and Steiermark.

According to Echelon, the pilots, which together represent potential future orders of nearly 3.5 million smart meters and networked energy services (NES) software platform licenses, are being prompted by a new energy edict in Austria that requires utilities to achieve certain grid modernization goals by 2019. Specifically, Austrian energy law mandates that 4.7 million smart meters roll out by 2019.

Echelon says its NES platform is operating as a fully integrated solution with Kapsch's meter data management software, offering a utility-grade applications platform to support the immediate smart meter program requirements and future grid applications.

The company adds that the pilots are scheduled to take place through 2014, and utility companies are expected to begin rolling out smart meters throughout Austria in high volume beginning in 2015.

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