Siemens and Landis+Gyr have agreed to cooperate on common standards that will not only establish interoperability but will also give utilities the requisite security for their investments in smart grids.

Changing needs and growing demands characterize the situation of today’s power utilities. Main drivers are fluctuating infeed, the need to integrate distributed energy resources, aging infrastructure, multi-directional power flow and a changing legal and regulatory framework – just to name a few. The solution to these challenges is the expansion of power supply networks to produce smart grids.

Siemens offers end-to-end smart grid solutions, including the critical smart meter to billing segment. The associated instrumentation infrastructure is based on the AMIS consumption data acquisition and distribution network automation system, supplemented by an advanced meter data management system.

Energy-efficient, eco-friendly solutions for setting up smart grids are part of the Siemens environmental portfolio with which the company earned revenues of nearly EUR19 billion in fiscal 2008.