ZUG, Switzerland, October 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Landis+Gyr, the world's leading provider of integrated energy management solutions today announced it has been selected by the CEZ Group, a Czech utility, for three distinct energy projects. Landis+Gyr is to conduct CEZ's first residential smart metering pilot project in the Czech Republic. The two companies will also establish multi-energy metering in the Czech ICG sector and enter the Albanian market with Landis+Gyr's SuperConverge, the largest industrial, commercial and grid meter data system in Europe.

Landis+Gyr will supply 10,000 smart meters for the CEZ Group's 40,000 metering point pilot project in the Czech Republic. Moreover, the company's Gridstream solution, including head-end software and Meter Data Management System for data processing will be deployed for the whole project.

The ICG projects build upon the existing SuperConverge contract between Landis+Gyr and CEZ, essentially doubling the 43,000 metering points it currently operates throughout the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria to reach a total of 85,000 discrete meters.

Jaroslav Hendrych, Country Manager at Landis+Gyr in the Czech Republic says, These three new opportunities to work with such a long-standing and respected customer like the CEZ Group are a major accomplishment. We are looking forward to seeing the outcome of the smart metering pilot project, which could lead to the development of a smart grid environment here in the Czech Republic. The additional ability to expand the SuperConverge system to Czech multi-energy utilities and into a new and developing market such as Albania will deliver excellent benefits to all.

Martin Michek, Commercial Director of CEZ Mereni, says: In autumn 2010, a multi-energy pilot project for the Czech heating industry was launched and it is due to be complete by the end of the year. The rollout of data acquisition and processing from heat meters belonging to the CEZ Group will begin in 2011. The rollout of SuperConverge in Albania follows the successful launch and operation of the data central station in Romania and Bulgaria. SuperConverge is being integrated gradually to the CEZ Group's IT systems and we are confident it will result in higher quality metering services. We highly appreciate the present cooperation with Landis+Gyr. From our suppliers we require a professional attitude, individual approach and a fast solution. These parameters are covered definitely by Landis+Gyr.

Landis+Gyr is participating in each of the three smart metering pilot projects currently occurring throughout the Czech Republic, which has 5.5 million electricity metering points. The CEZ Group owns 3.5 million of these points, and its pilot project is the most extensive.

About Landis+Gyr

Landis+Gyr is the leading provider of integrated energy management solutions tailored to energy company needs. With a global presence and a reputation for quality and innovation, Landis+Gyr is unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the the smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.25 billion, Landis+Gyr operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs almost 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better

About the CEZ Group

CEZ is the leading Central European utility with almost 7 million customers and generation portfolio of 14,300 MW of installed capacity. Its market capitalization exceeds 30 billion EUR. Apart from its home base in the Czech Republic, the CEZ Group is active in more than 10 countries of Central and Southeastern Europe. In addition to the production of electricity and heat and their trading and distribution, CEZ Group also deals in telecommunications, informatics, nuclear research, planning, construction and maintenance of energy facilities, mining of raw materials and processing of energy by-products.

SOURCE: Landis+Gyr

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