Vodafone worked closely with AMS to provide a bespoke technical solution and to develop new price plans that ensured the smart metering solution met the requirements of New Zealand’s energy retailers, consumers and distribution companies.
AMS is a leader in the deployment of smart metering and associated services in New Zealand. With government encouragement, utility companies are looking for smart metering services for their residential and small business customers. To respond to these requirements, AMS needed to put together a solution that included data communications between each meter and the central data collection point
"Vodafone has the ability to grasp the vision of what we were creating, and to form a group within their organisation to help us achieve the required outcomes."
Solutions Manager, Advanced Metering Services (AMS)
Vodafone's existing GPRS mobile network was selected to transmit the metering data, thanks to its broad coverage and high reliability. Vodafone then developed a tailored service for AMS, which could ensure reliable data transmission without compromising other network traffic. It also put in place a billing module that delivers a consolidated invoice and has the flexibility to provide billing information in the formats required.
Gartner has positioned Vodafone as a "Leader" in its Magic Quadrant for Managed M2M Services, Worldwide report 2017, for the fourth consecutive year