EFR’s ‘big birthday’ will not be until next year. Nevertheless, it’s already time to celebrate, for the radio ripple control system company with operations in Germany, Hungary and parts of neighbouring countries: by the third quarter of 2012, EFR was in control of its 1-millionth radio receiver in Germany via its domestic transmitters in Mainflingen and Burg. Long-wave radio provides good reception, even in isolated valleys and in cellars. There has been continuous development of the long-wave system – and today it also provides information services to support environmentally aware utilisation of energy sources, in addition to its original function as a means of controlling tariffs and loads. To add to all this, EFR also offers lighting control, smart metering and data services.