European M2M specialist Maingate announces first UK connectivity deal
One of Europe’s leading ICT and M2M specialists, Maingate, has announced a new contract with Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD), marking their first connectivity deal in the UK.
Maingate will provide a data connectivity solution for SSEPD as part of a major energy efficiency project, Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency (SAVE), which is backed by Ofgem. Maingate is already a lead partner in SAVE, with this deal building on the company’s role providing the cloud-based data monitoring and processing that underpins the project.
SAVE will trial a range of energy efficient technologies and incentives across 8,000 homes covering urban, suburban and rural areas. Maingate’s SIM card-based connectivity service will ensure that data can be collected from those homes that do not have a broadband connection. This information will then be integrated seamlessly with data from other homes using Maingate’s mvio™ platform and shared with all stakeholders in a variety of formats.
“We needed an advanced connectivity solution that would roam across networks automatically increasing the chance of a healthy connection and not tying us in to a single vendor,” explains Stewart Reid, Head of Future Networks at Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution. “The flexible nature of Maingate’s solutions and their ability to integrate a broad range of technologies, systems and stakeholders has been a key strength in our partnership.”
The £8.3 million project is part of Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network (LCN) Fund and aims to test the contribution that demand-side measures such as energy efficient technology, consumption awareness and incentives for long-term behavior change can make as alternatives to highly capital-intensive grid reinforcement measures. In a recent project with E.ON in Sweden, Maingate demonstrated that consumer engagement reduced energy consumption by an average of 15%.
Maingate provides M2M connectivity and information management services to more than 1,000 customers across Europe, and is particularly focused on driving innovation in the smart energy sector. Earlier this month, Maingate announced a new flexible connectivity service, Connect Flex, designed to break vendor lock-in in the energy sector by allowing utilities and other energy service providers to switch network providers without the need to change physical SIM cards.
Founded in 1998, Wireless Maingate AB is an ICT company, providing M2M Connectivity and Data Management services to customers around Europe. We are a trusted partner to more than 1.000 customers, including leading utilities such as E.ON, Fortum and Vattenfall. We work closely with leading technology partners such as Gemalto, Oberthur, Schneider Electric, Kamstrup, Telia, Tele2 and Deutsche Telekom. Today we connect more than 55% of all smart meters in Sweden, 20% of all smart meters in Finland, 70% of the Point-of-Sales terminals in Sweden and 40% of all residential alarms in Sweden. Maingate is a company in the Nordic VC Verdane Capital fund VI.
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Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution
Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) aim to deliver a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the people who live and work in the north of Scotland and central southern England. We’re responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.7 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.