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Siemens and Green Energy Options (GEO) have teamed up on a solution for the deployment of smart meters in multi-dwelling buildings, also known as multi-dwelling units (MDUs), in Europe.

The companies say these buildings, often high-rise, present a challenge for the deployment of smart energy meters, which require an appropriate infrastructure to enable communication between components. Most commonly, meters are not located in the apartment but are found in communal areas, sometimes with limited access and space, but may also be spread around the building, the companies add.

Siemens and GEO say they have come up with a “shared infrastructure” solution, using a broadband-over-powerline backbone integrated with wireless radio technology that enables standard smart meters to be installed, commissioned and connected to a wide-area network gateway. The solution is scheduled to go into field trials in the U.K. early next year.

"The rollout of smart metering systems across Europe will be a considerable engineering challenge and requires innovative and cost-effective solutions,” says Patrick Caiger-Smith, CEO of GEO. “Consumers in multi-dwelling units make up a sizable proportion of the total population but could be denied the benefits of smart metering unless these challenges can be overcome.”

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