Cuculus GmbH, a developer of smart metering and home control solutions, has been selected to supply its ZONOS platform to RheinEnergie to support the roll-out of 30, 000 meters in Germany.

RheinEnergie has used the Cuculus ZONOS platform since 2009 when the system was first deployed for a smart metering pilot with 3,000 meters. The platform was used in pilots undertaken with employees and customers designed to identify the best way to present smart metering data in the home. ZONOS was applied to manage the smart metering technology infrastructure measuring electricity, gas and water consumption. The pilots were also used to review various infrastructure related technologies.

Based on the success of the pilots, RheinEnergie has engaged Cuculus to supply its ZONOS platform to support a 30,000 meter deployment, one of the largest ever roll-outs of smart meters in Germany.

The ZONOS platform is a comprehensive Advanced Metering Management and Meter Data Management system that makes it easy for utilities to implement and operate smart metering. It also provides the functionality to set-up attractive end-customer services based on the data. The system is open which is critical to ensure it works within the existing system infrastructure of a utility.

RheinEnergie will use the ZONOS platform in conjunction with SAP’s IS-U EHP5 Interface for Smart Metering (MDUS). The required processes have been analysed and used to realize the data model and storage concept. This made it possible to implement functionality and adapt various components to provide an integrated seamless solution. The smart metering solution enables installation and problem resolution processes, regular and on-demand meter reads as well as the exchange of system messages, alarms and statistics to the connected systems.