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Landis+Gyr snaps up Ecologic Analytics for grid big data

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Meter giant Landis+Gyr has snapped up smart meter data management company Ecologic Analytics, the companies announced on Tuesday. Ecologic Analytics has been around for over a decade, and Landis + Gyr was already a minority shareholder in the firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ecologic Analytics makes software that manages all the data that comes off smart meters and  is crunched in utilities’ data centers (these are commonly called meter data management systems, or MDMS). The company has a long list of utilities it worked with including Oncor, PG&E, Austin Energy, Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) and Puget Sound.

Ecologic Analytic’s biggest competitor eMeter got acquired by Siemens (s si) just last month, and Ecologic Analytics was my number one startup to watch in 2012, because the market had clearly heated for an acquisition by Landis+Gyr.

All utilities building smart grids and using smart meters need an MDMS system, and eMeter and Ecologic Analytics were the independent leaders. As more utilities build out digital grids, there will be an influx of data and utilities will increasingly need software and analytics to manage and find value in this data.

Swiss smart meter and networking company Landis+Gyr itself has been acquired by Japanese giant Toshiba, which is looking to morph into “the world’s Smart Grid leader.” Globally, smart meters are supposed to be a $3.9 billion industry by 2015, with 250 million meters installed.

2 Responses to “Landis+Gyr snaps up Ecologic Analytics for grid big data”

  1. With eMeter and Ecologic out of the picture, that leaves only ElectSolve as the only true vendor-agnostic independent MDM solution in the market.ElectSolve is THE dominate Hosted/OnPremise Meter Data Management (MDM) solution for small-mid tier utilities: the ~2,900 muni/coops with less than 250k meters. ElectSolve markets its solutions to munis via American Public Power Association’s (APPA’s) Hometown Connections and to coops via National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC). Additionally, the ElectSolve MDM solution is bundled in with AMI vendors to provide munis/coops a complete AMI/MDM solution and is available via national/regional distributors (e.g. WESCO)ElectSolves uCentra Operational Data Management System The Next-Generation MDMS Provides Integration Platform for Variety of Utility Data Collection Systems such as AMI, SCADA, CIS, OMS. uCentra is a centralized data management solution (Hosted or OnPremise) for operational data management, analysis and reporting and provides a full 360-degree view of all operational data. MARKET SNAPSHOT: IOU market is composed of 200 utilities (about 6%) that collectively serve 68% of the US customers. The Public-Power (Muni) market has about 2000 utilities (about 61%) that collectively serve 15% of the US customersAbout 900 Electric Cooperatives (about 27%) that collectively serve 13% of the US customers. (the remaining % are Power Marketers/Others). The majority of SmartGrid vendors/solutions/news are focused on the larger utilities with 250k+ meters. ElectSolve is THE dominate Hosted/OnPremise Meter Data Management (MDM) solution for munis/coops.ElectSolve was included Gartners Magic Quadrant for Meter Data Management vendors published in Dec 2011.