IBM Poland and Winfuel, subsidiary of Sygnity Group, have developed a Smart Metering software package, which according to the companies, is the first in Poland and enables intelligent electricity use in more than 15 million households in the country. The software was developed jointly with the IBM Software Laboratory in Krakow.

Based on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) using Winfuel’s programming components and IBM WebSphere, the new software allows both utility companies and clients to better manage their energy consumption by ensuring detailed, accurate and real-time monitoring at both sides. As a result, utility companies will be able to measure and bill their clients depending on actual energy use, the companies said.

The software can be integrated into the platform of any utility company, which also makes it relevant outside of Poland.

Annia Sienko, country general manager of IBM Poland, said: “As energy prices remain uncertain and carbon reduction is associated with financial implications, it has never been more important to have a detailed understanding of actual energy consumption in real time. This innovative solution is tailored to the unique needs of our customers and provides a platform companies can use to grow their business.”

According to the International Energy Outlook 2008, each year approximately 170 billion KWHrs are wasted globally as the result of insufficient information on power usage, while smart grid technology has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions in the energy sector by 14% by 2020.

Norbert Biedrzycki, CEO of Sygnity, said: “The first Polish Smart Metering software package addresses a new 35 million dollar market in Poland and abroad in the next few years, and has the potential to contribute towards significant energy savings. The energy sector is one of the priorities for The Sygnity Capital Group.”

The Smart Metering software is based on Winfuel and IBM programming components.