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[October 15, 2012]
Atmel and Labelec sign MoU to develop smart grid solutions
Oct 15, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Atmel Corporation, a provider of microcontroller and touch solutions, and Labelec SA, a subsidiary of Electricidade de Portugal, or EDP, have signed a memorandum of understanding, or MoU, to develop smart grid solutions using the inter-operative powerline communication, or PLC, standard powerline intelligent metering evolution, or PRIME, standard.
Atmel and Labelec SA will collaborate on field tests and support to determine the best solutions using PLC PRIME technology for the Portuguese market prior to a mass smart grid roll-out in the short term. Portugal will potentially serve 7 million smart grid users.
"Atmel's experience in the smart metering market, specifically its pioneering work with PRIME technology, will ensure that we provide the most optimized solution for our smart metering customers," said Luis da Silva Carrilho, managing director, Labelec SA. "We will collaborate on a number of projects prior to a mass roll-out. We are excited to work on this effort with a microcontroller company with such a depth of expertise." "Teaming with innovative utility companies for the Portuguese market makes this a particularly unique opportunity," said Jesus Teijeiro, marketing director, Smart Energy Power Line Communications, Atmel Corporation. "Portugal and Labelec SA are at the cutting edge of technological innovation in Europe, and we look forward to enabling cost-efficient, low-power smart meters throughout this region and to continued collaboration with Labelec."
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