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E.ON and IBM Deliver Innovative Service Offerings to Customers with New Smart Energy Solutions



E.ON and IBM Deliver Innovative Service Offerings to Customers with New Smart
                               Energy Solutions

Smart Solutions platform addresses future energy challenges by combining
integrated analytics, cloud technology and control tools to enable new
business models and better customer services.

PR Newswire

ARMONK, N.Y. and EHNINGEN, Germany, Sept. 9, 2013

ARMONK, N.Y. and EHNINGEN, Germany, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE:
IBM) today announced that it has been selected by E.ON Metering to operate its
Smart Metering IT infrastructure in a private cloud. The new platform will
improve the integration of renewable and decentralized energy sources, while
also allowing E.ON to deliver personalized services that will put customers in
better control of energy usage.

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E.ON Metering, a company of E.ON, one of the world's largest investor-owned
power and gas companies, will use IBM's Intelligent Energy Service Enablement
Platform (IESEP) to improve the deployment and management of smart meters,
simplify the integration of renewables, and other innovative services, while
at the same time maintaining a high level of customer service.

Under this agreement E.ON will migrate and host the infrastructure in a
private cloud using IBM SmartCloud, at one of IBM's Data Centers in Germany.
At the same time, the new platform will be upgraded with new analytics and
management tools based on IBM Software that will allow E.ON to provide
higher-value-added data services for customers. For example, customers will
have the ability to view their usage profiles for information about
time-of-use-rates and changes in use patterns that can be compared with
historical data.

Additionally, the platform's scalability and low start-up and operation costs
will provide the flexibility for future growth. Besides the first target
markets Germany, Austria and Switzerland, both companies aim to further market
the new platform jointly in other international markets.

"We now have the tools to make much more comprehensive use of the technical
possibilities that smart metering opens up both for the customers and for the
business," said Robert Pflugl, Managing Director, E.ON Metering GmbH. "The two
companies are combining their competencies in energy management and data
processing in order to offer the best solutions to the future challenges of
the energy turnaround."

This collaboration is aimed at developing a new and innovative system that
will lay important foundations for future business decisions and individual
service offerings for E.ON customers and for the further development of
business models. Yet the scalable service-oriented architecture works
exclusively with standard components and also supports third party
integration.

"Real-time data evaluation in a smart grid is growing increasingly important
for energy enterprises due mainly to the rising use of renewable energy," said
Martin Hauske, Head of the Energy Business at IBM Germany. "Continued focus on
data analysis and process optimization will lead to more growth and greater
efficiency in the industry."

About E.ON
Munich-based E.ON Metering is a provider of products and solutions in the
field of Smart Metering, Smart Grid, Smart Home and Demand Side Management.
The company's portfolio covers all relevant aspects concerning Smart
Metering -- from consultation, providing and operating the devices to an
individual real-time energy management. E.ON Metering is part of the E.ON
Group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. At
facilities across Europe, Russia, and North America, more than 72,000
employees generated approximately EUR132 billion in sales in 2012. In
addition, there are businesses in Brazil and Turkey, managed jointly with
partners. E.ON's diversified business consists of renewables, conventional and
decentralized power generation with almost 68 GW of generation capacity,
natural gas, energy trading, retail and distribution. The Group  supplies
around 26 million customers with energy.

IBM and Smart Grid
IBM is involved in more than 150 smart grid engagements around the world, in
both mature and emerging markets. More about IBM's vision to bring a new level
of intelligence to how the world works -- how every person, business,
organization, government, natural system, and man-made system interacts, can
be found here: http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet

For more information about Smarter Energy at IBM, please visit:
www.ibm.com/press/smarterenergy. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contacts

Fabienne Dawson
IBM Global Media Relations
Tel: 212-671-9322
fguildhary@us.ibm.com

Dagmar Domke
IBM Communications (Europe)
Tel: +49 211 476 1913
Email: dagmar.domke@de.ibm.com

 

SOURCE IBM

Website: http://ibm.com
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