On Key4biz: Smart metering and remote control, Tiesse on the 3G switch-off

Vincenzo Luciano Lucrezia, CTO and Partner of TIESSE: ‘It is not the first time, particularly in the smart metering sector, that we support companies in the technological transition: from 2G to 3G first and now from 3G to 4G’.

TIESSE, the Ivrea-based company specializing in routers and devices with wireless connectivity made in Italy, is ready to guarantee customers and companies a “smooth migration” of modems and routers towards frequencies dedicated to 4G. Technological change that will become necessary in the coming months following the announced switch-off of 3G networks by the Telco.

Smart metering and industrial remote control

Smart metering, particularly in the energy sector, and remote control in the industrial sector are two of TIESSE’s reference markets. Since these are essential services or at the base of the country’s critical infrastructures, demand in the two sectors held up well even in the months of the pandemic, despite the difficulty and “shortage” of raw materials, common to many other sectors, which affected the production of chipset globally. After a certain stability in the market, the switch off of 3G has created a new ferment in demand.

Smart metering, the market holds

In particular, smart metering is a market that has held up very well in times of pandemics, as shown by data from the Internet of Things Observatory of the School of Management of the Politecnico di Milano in which Tiesse also takes part.

The first segment of the IoT market is made up of Smart Metering & Smart Asset Management in Utilities, with a value of 1.5 billion (-13%) which represents 25% of the total, still driven by regulatory obligations. In 2020, another 2.7 million connected gas meters were installed at domestic users, bringing the diffusion to 69% of the total fleet, and 4.8 million second generation electric smart meters, reaching 50% of the total number of meters. electrical.

Smart metering and technological evolutions

“It is not the first time, particularly in the smart metering sector, that we support companies in the technological transition: from 2G to 3G first and now from 3G to 4G, with some companies trust has been renewed for over 10 years. Many of our customers started the migration some time ago, regardless of the shutdown of the 3G network, but there is still a very significant legacy installed, which has resisted until today that is in a position to make a technological migration in order not to risk a sudden downtime of the network and the consequent unavailability of the services provided ”, said Vincenzo Luciano Lucrezia, CTO and Partner of TIESSE.

The 4G devices of TIESSE

And this is where TIESSE’s 4G devices come into play, ready for a smooth transition, with the least possible impact. “The main need of companies – adds Lucrezia – is to preserve investments in plant equipment such as RTUs and PLCs whose migration would be particularly onerous and complicated, hence the need for network equipment and skills that can best support and this obligatory step as smoothly as possible “.

TIESSE strong of years of supply of products that today we find installed by the thousands in secondary substations for the remote reading and remote control of meters, in the remote control of industrial plants, in the energy efficiency control systems of the private sector and of the Public Administration and in many other sectors it can be the reference partner for utilities and companies that will face, as soon as possible, the technological leap.

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