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EDP HC ENERGÍA improves consumer energy management with Vodafone IoT

Case Study

Case Studies | November 2015

EDP HC ENERGÍA is one of the leading Spanish energy distributors. It forms part of the EDP Group and provides services for over 650,000 customers throughout the country.

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Business Need

The Spanish government issued a ministerial decree that requires all consumers to be able to monitor their energy usage by 2018. EDP HC ENERGÍA launched its InovGrid project to replace old equipment with new smart meters and to transform its distribution network into a smart grid, improving service quality, energy efficiency remote management (SCADA Connectivity) of the grid and business profitability.

Solution

The InovGrid project has involved the installation of 650,000 smart meters and over 6,500 hubs, each connected to a Vodafone Machine Link 3G router, which includes a Global SIM card. Data is sent to the EDP HC ENERGÍA data centre over two dedicated Vodafone lines. It is both encrypted and transmitted over a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to guarantee its security, confidentiality and integrity.

Business Benefits

  • Vodafone IoT provides EDP HC ENERGÍA a full and easy-to-implement communications service
  • The coverage of the Vodafone network, together with national roaming, guarantees service anytime and anywhere in Spain
  • Vodafone provides easy and integrated management of the IoT service with a single point of contact
"We want to go beyond just providing our customers with remote metering and transform our network into a smart grid. Smart meters and Vodafone IoT communications provide us with all the information required to optimise the management of our electricity network"

Jesús Fernández López,
InovGrid Manager, EDP HC ENERGÍA

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