Sonera to provide Iin Energia and Yli-Iin Sähkö with automatic electricity consumption measurement as a total service

Iin Energia Oy and Yli-Iin Sähkö Oy have concluded an agreement with TeliaSonera Finland Oyj on the provision of automatic electricity consumption measurement as a total service. Using the new service, the electricity company can remote read all electricity meters of its area wirelessly once a day, which allows the company to invoice its customers based on the actual consumption. The new service entity will considerably facilitate the lives of both users and the electricity companies. The agreements will remain in force for 15 years.

The total service agreement covers, for example, the delivery, installation and maintenance of new intelligent electricity meters, a mobile-based automatic meter reading service, and the necessary telecommunications connections. In addition to consumption data, the solution also provides information on the state of the network. Sites with district heating will also be incorporated in the scope of the service according to the same schedule.

The consumption and fault data of electricity meters will be transmitted wirelessly to Sonera’s database once a day and forwarded from there to the network companies. The data connection is a two-way connection: in addition to the information transmitted from the meters to the system, software updates and tariff changes, for example, are sent from the system to the meters in real time.

Consumption data is measured genuinely in real time, as electricity meters appear as independent devices in the network, and the personnel of the electricity company can access them immediately through a browser-based user interface. The introduction of automatic measurement requires that all electricity meters in the areas be replaced by new remote-readable meters. The replacement process begins at the beginning of August.

The total service will provide Iin Energia Oy and Yli-Iin Sähkö Oy with significant benefits. It will allow the network companies to monitor consumption data accurately and in real time, to switch over to actual consumption-based invoicing, and to enhance both customer service and fault management.

“We selected Sonera’s service solution, as it suited our needs best. The agreement will facilitate the operations of our companies in many ways. Since we buy the solution as a service, it does not tie up our own capital. Our companies will receive each service entity on turnkey basis, and we will pay fixed monthly service charges for them, which will also makes it easier to plan and budget our operations,” say Juhani Jääskeläinen, CEO of Iin Energia Oy, and Tuomo Alaoja, CEO of Yli-Iin Sähkö Oy.

“The new service solution will also free our resources for new things. Installers can use the time they have used for collecting meter readings for actual installation work. And TeliaSonera’s leadership in telecommunications provides a solid foundation for our cooperation,” say Juhani Jääskeläinen and Tuomo Alaoja.

“The energy sector is one of the strategic focus areas of TeliaSonera Finland. Electricity business is to an increasing extent data communications. Companies can streamline their processes by utilizing real-time data. Networking and automation are musts for future business. End-to-end manageability and transparency are the key words. We want to support companies’ customer focus and build total service solutions that support their business,” says Esa Korvenmaa, Chief Operating Officer of TeliaSonera Finland.

The introduction of automatic measurement requires that all electricity meters in the areas be replaced by new remote-readable meters. The replacement process begins at the beginning of August.

For further information, please contact:

Matti Montonen, Director, TeliaSonera Finland Oyj
Tel: +358 40 3022146