The accreditation, which recognises high standards in effectiveness, security, service levels and environmental protection, will provide utilities firms with added confidence that their customers are receiving the service they deserve.
It also ensures that Vodafone Global Enterprise has the right processes in place to fix any problems quickly and efficiently in support of their Smart Data Service activities.
Tara McGeehan, Director of Utilities for Logica UK, explains; "Smart meters don't just empower consumers to take control of their energy usage, they are integral to the creation of smart grids, creating a vital infrastructure that will enable Britain to satisfy our energy needs more sustainably, whilst helping to keep energy affordable. Consumers and their energy suppliers need to be confident that the infrastructure that supports smart meters is secure and reliable. This announcement is a step in building that confidence based on measurable performance of the services."
Logica and Vodafone work closely together to enable customers of Britain's energy suppliers to benefit from smart meters. Smart meters are able to give customers more control over their bills by providing them with more accurate information about their energy usage. By using mobile networks to carry this data, energy companies can deploy smart meters at speed without having to lay expensive cabling which can also be disruptive to customers.
Erik Brenneis, Global Head of M2M, Vodafone added "This accreditation of our data services will encourage energy suppliers to deploy smart meters at scale which is good news for customers looking to get more value for money as well as the environment through lower carbon emissions."
Through its Smart Data Services and award winning Instant Energy solution, Logica supports the majority of smart meters installed in people's homes across Britain. They have supported energy suppliers with the installation at a rate of over 23,000 new smart meters per month. Since go-live this has resulted in over 1.5bn gas and electricity meter reads being collected and in excess of 5.5 Gigabytes of data being transmitted over the Vodafone network. The accreditation of Vodafone's communication services to operate as part of the Logica service further strengthens Logica's position in the British smart metering market.
The Vodafone Machine to Machine (M2M) unit of Vodafone Global Enterprise connects previously isolated machines or devices wirelessly to the internet delivering new functionality and enhanced services without the need for human intervention. M2M technology makes common appliances more intelligent by enabling them to feed useful data back to the service provider or manufacturer to achieve a better customer experience. Supported by 20 years' experience and 150 dedicated staff, Vodafone's global M2M platform makes it easy for global businesses to centrally manage M2M deployments across multiple territories, with greater control and at a lower cost than previously possible. Vodafone's M2M solutions operate principally in the utilities, automotive, logistics, and remote maintenance and security sectors.
Vodafone Global Enterprise provides managed communications services to many of the world's leading global companies. It supports communications wherever its customers are present: in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States. Vodafone was positioned in the "Leaders" quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Pan-Western European Mobile Service Providers and the Magic Quadrant for Telecom Expense Management. Please visit: www.enterprise.vodafone.com
Logica is a business and technology service company, employing 41,000 people. It provides business consulting, systems integration and outsourcing to clients around the world, including many of Europe's largest businesses. Logica creates value for clients by successfully integrating people, business and technology. It is committed to long term collaboration, applying insight to create innovative answers to clients' business needs.
Logica is listed on both the London Stock Exchange and Euronext (Amsterdam)
(LSE: LOG; Euronext: LOG).
The company is a public company incorporated and domiciled in the UK. The address of its registered office is 250 Brook Drive, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6UA, United Kingdom.
More information is available at www.logica.com.
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