E.ON Metering 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 the agreement, E.ON will migrate and host the infrastructure in a private cloud using IBM SmartCloud, at one of IBM’s data centres 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.

E.ON managing director Robert Pflugl said, "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."

"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." Pflugl added.

IBM Germany head of energy business Martin Hauske said, "Real-time data evaluation in a smart grid is growing increasingly important for energy enterprises due mainly to the rising use of renewable energy."