Vision

Shaping the digitalisation of the energy turnaround

In the autumn of 2015 the federal government approved draft legislation covering the digitalisation of the energy turnaround. Among other factors this prescribes technical guidelines for intelligent metering systems (smart meters), in order to ensure data protection, data security and the interoperability of consumption data recording systems. The draft legislation contains provisions relating to who can access what data and when, and how the information can be used.

For QUNDIS these ground-breaking specifications form the basis which requires future-proof solutions for the consumption-based billing of heat and water. Thats why we develope, produce and distribute electronic heat cost allocators, heat meters, water meters and other system components with meticulous dedication at our headquarters in Erfurt (Germany). More than 6 million housing units in 30 countries are already equipped with the unique QUNDIS systems.

What we have achieved in concrete terms

QUNDIS is closely involved with a number of business-related associations and federations, in particular those which focus on devising norms and technical standards in line with the market. At present we are concentrating in particular on our cooperation with the OMS Group in developing the OMS standards for open radio communication in submetering. This is an information architecture which can be used across different manufacturers, and is an important building block in terms of the future capabilities of our products.

In recent months QUNDIS has become a member of the Energy Commission of the Federal Association of Medium-sized Companies (BVMW) and has joined the committee of the KNX Association. This involvement gives us ideal opportunities for applying our know-how to the task of helping to shape the digitalisation of the energy turnaround in coming years at the highest level.

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Driving forward internationalisation

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Establishing and expanding international markets does not just represent growth for QUNDIS. The company’s predecessors KUNDO SystemTechnik and SaMeCo electronic were already exporting significant proportions of their metering devices to other countries, because consumption data recording equipment made in Germany is in great demand internationally.

With the introduction of its energy efficiency directive in 2012 the European Union decided to save 20 percent of energy by the year 2020.

In European households currently 78 percent of the required primary energy is used for central heating and water heating. This means that the behaviour of individual users represent a significant factor in energy savings on Europe’s markets. We regard this socio-ecological change as an opportunity, and aim to strengthen our international operations further with appropriate solutions.

What we have achieved in concrete terms

During the past we have opened up foreign representations in Moscow, Istanbul and Paris, and a further representation was added in Milano in 2016. Our country managers maintain local contacts with customers in their own country and provide them with active support. In addition the focus at QUNDIS is always on developing product variants which can meet the requirements of all individual markets. Our involvement in this field is confirmed by participations in leading international trade fairs, such as in recent months ISK Sodex, Mostra Convegno and AquaTherm.

Strengthening sustainability

For QUNDIS sustainability means that environmental concerns are given the same importance as social and economic concerns. This vision, which requires a constant learning process, is what determines all our operations. Products “made by QUNDIS” make a contribution to energy savings and conserve the environment. Every year we equip something like 500,000 housing units with radio metering devices for the recording of heat and water consumption. With the aid of our metering devices the central heating consumption of apartment blocks can be reduced by up to 30 percent, which saves approximately 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually. This corresponds to the CO2 emissions of a city the size with half a million inhabitants!

What we have achieved in concrete terms

In 2015 we were awarded the European Union’s seal of approval for environmental management (EMAS). This makes us pioneers in terms of sustainability. Internally the setting of clear targets has indicated the amount of energy we intend to save. For this purpose an environmental management team has been created, which contributes new ideas together with our workforce. In order to reinforce these environmental aspects we support the well-known Plant-for-the-Planet initiative and organise a Kids’ Academy every year to provide information about climate change.

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