With Toshiba Corp.'s recent announcement that Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has selected the firm's proposal for a smart metering communications system and associated meter data management system, Landis+Gyr is poised to undertake a large role in the smart grid project.

While Toshiba will work as a prime contractor and system integrator of the communication system, together with NTT Group and NEC Corp., Landis+Gyr will be providing much of the project's technical foundation, including: supplying the Head End System, network expertise, RF communications modules, large scale product deployment experience and the meter data management system.

Smart metering is revolutionizing energy management and grid reliability across the globe. Smart metering solutions provide a two-way flow of data between customer meters and utility back-end systems. With this two-way data flow, utilities will be able to offer customers a broad array of new pricing, demand response, and energy automation options that enhance the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid.  Customers will benefit from more information, expanded choices, and simpler, smarter management of their energy use.