Kontron to help Russia in smart grid development

Kontron has signed a long-term technology agreement with the Federal Grid Company of the Unified Energy System (FGC UES), the largest operator of energy supply networks in Russia. The agreement envisages close cooperation in the area of smart grids and other areas.

The plan is to develop joint hardware and software to boost the reliability and efficiency of Russian electricity supplies. Kontron is also to produce and supply the systems that are developed.

“A switch towards smart grids is also underway in Russia,” said Ulrich Gehrmann (pictured), Kontron’s CEO. “These smart grids represent a booming market across the world, and our technology lead allows us to make a contribution to offsetting fluctuations between energy supply and demand with high-performance IT components, and to intelligent meter management.

“We anticipate a high level of orders over the coming years as a result of this cooperation in Russia.”

Kontron has also reported a development in a second key technology, so-called smart services for more varied applications. Together with Intel, the company has developed and presented a directly deployable system for the M2M communications area. Producers of intelligent services in markets such as telecoms, transportation, security, safety, building automation and healthcare can benefit from a largely preconfigured kit, and can thereby launch their products more rapidly on the market.

“Market researchers are predicting that an increasing number of electronic equipment items will communicate with one another online over the next ten years,” said Gehrmann. “We now offer a comfortable solution for rapid and secure high-bandwidth data exchange.”

Kontron anticipates sustained dynamics in its order volumes as a result of the commitment to these future technologies.

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