Atea and the mobile operator Com4 have together signed a contract with Validér to deliver mobile data communication for automatic power meters (AMI). The estimated value of the deal is 107 million NOK and it covers the delivery of around 200 000 SIM cards including associated services, with the potential for up to 1 000 000 SIM cards. The contract span is two years with an option for further six years.

The Norwegian Parliament has decided that all Norwegian households shall be equipped with digital automatic power meters by 2019. This development opens up a market for a number of novel digital services within power supply and mains networks. The digital power meters are linked to the internet in order to report data that so far has been transmitted manually. This includes information on consumption as well as power failures.

Einar Vaage – Regional director Atea, Michael Jacobs – CEO, Atea Norge, Thomas Thiis – CEO, Validér, Stein A. Larner, – CEO, Com4

Atea and Com4 as suppliers

It is essential to Validér to have a reliable partner on board who can supply a solution that is sustainable and cost- effective. Know-how and co-operation are decisive to us. By opting for Atea and Com4, we have chosen the suppliers that we believe will provide the best support for us in our production of services, Thomas Thiis, CEO of Validér, remarks.

The deal contributes to making us well equipped for expansion within data collection of meter values by mobile broadband both for existing and new customers, Thiis adds.

According to the contract with Validér, Atea will handle logistics and administration while Com4 will deliver the communication solutions and the corresponding technology.

Rewritable SIM cards in the automatic power meter will allow changing the mobile provider without having to change the SIM card. As a consequence, considerable additional expenses will be avoided.

Security considerations

As IoT is being introduced to more and more households, security issues must be given the highest priority.

This is all about Norway’s largest delivery of IoT communication. Therefore it is essential that the solution is designed on the basis of security requirements. The data traffic is routed from the power meter to an isolated closed network with end-to-end security, Stein André Larner, CEO of Com4 says.

1 000 000 Electricity customers

Along with Com4, Atea is applying new technology to make life easier for up to 1 000 000 electricity customers.

This is a great example of how the digital revolution simplifies, renews and improves functions in society. We are proud of contributing applicable technology that is beneficial to so many, says the CEO of Atea, Michael Jacobs.

Please contact the following persons for further information:

Michael Jacobs, CEO, Atea Norge, e-mail: Michael.Jacobs@atea.no, cell phone: 908 28 216
Thomas Thiis, CEO, Validér, e-mail: Thomas.Thiis@valider.no, cell phone: 926 91 010
Stein A. Larner, CEO, Com4, e-mail: stein.andre.larner@com4.no, cell phone: 479 00 777

Atea Norge (Atea AS)

Atea is Norway’s leading and most highly certified IT supplier. Atea offers broad expertise and peak performance within all sections of the IT infrastructure market. We have 1650 employees and offices in 25 towns throughout Norway. The Atea-Group is the largest in its field in the Nordic and Baltic States and the second largest supplier of IT services in Europe. The company is quoted on the Oslo Stock Exchange and achieved a turnover of approx. 31 billion NOK in 2016. www.atea.no

Com4

Com4 AS is a Norwegian communication operator with focus on mobile data communication for professional users. The company operates a vast network and produces mobile services for a number of industries ranging from industrial production and power supply, to health and security. As one of the leading operators within machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, Com4 is uniquely positioned to meet the requirements and challenges of the future mobile data communication. Com4 has its headquarters in Økern in Oslo. www.com4.no

Validér

Validér AS was established in June 2013 and is owned by 27 network companies in Western Norway, Trøndelag and in North Norway. Validér AS operates as a service provider for its owners and administrates and operates the centralized system for collection and handling of all meter data. www.valider.no