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Brazil’s Ampla deploys 200 smart meters in Rio de Janeiro state

Brazilian utility Ampla Energia e Servicos S.A. is providing its customers in Buzios, Rio de Janeiro state with 200 advanced smart meters.

The installation of these meters is in collaboration with Landis+Gyr and ENEL through their associated companies ENEL Distribuzione S.p.A. and Landis+Gyr Equipamentos de Medicao Ltda.

The smart meter solutions deployed by Ampla in Buzios are based on automated metering infrastructure developed, deployed and operated by ENEL, and on Landis+Gyr's E34A and E650 electronic smart meters. It is powered by the open communication protocol, Meters and More.

Landis+Gyr and Ampla previously worked together in long-term smart grid technology development, designing an anti-tampering metering solution called SGP+M or the Ampla Chip, currently in use by 650,000 of Ampla's customers.

Ampla is the electricity distribution company of Endesa Brazil, an indirect subsidiary of ENEL. The utility supplies electricity to 2.7 million customers in the state of Rio de Janeiro and is currently involved in developing the Brazil's first smart city project with Annel, the Brazilian Federal Energy Agency.

The "Cidade Inteligente Buzios" project would integrate urban infrastructure with energy efficiency services and technologies for energy savings and reduced carbon dioxide emissions. Endesa has experience in the development of "smart city" projects with two such in place in Spain - Smartcity Malaga and Smartcity Barcelona.

The Malaga project, which began in 2009, is said to be Europe's largest eco-efficient city initiative. The four-year, 31 million euro project aims for energy savings of 20 percent which will translate into a reduction of 6,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.

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