AMT-SYBEX, a leading enterprise software supplier, and ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN), an electricity distribution network operator are working together to deliver a Smart Meter Data Simulator. Built on the AMT-SYBEX Affinity Suite®, the module will allow SPEN to simulate smart meter data flows and test how they will handle ‘real life’ scenarios in advance of the national smart meter roll out.
SPEN distribute electricity to over 3.5 million homes in the south of Scotland, Cheshire, Merseyside, North Shropshire and North Wales. The two companies have a longstanding relationship and ScottishPower’s retail business is already using Affinity Marketflow to process electricity and gas dataflows for over five million customers in the UK. The simulator project will assist SPEN in advance of the roll-out of smart meters to evaluate the impact expected as a result of the massive increase in data flows.
The simulator module enables utilities to analyse the impact of smart meter data flows on back office systems and processes, thereby increasing knowledge and understanding of the practical issues in this area in order to establish the best architectural approach required for full smart meter roll-out. The initial project with SPEN focuses on business scenarios relating to power outages in this ground-breaking deployment.
Fiona Fulton, Smart Metering Lead at ScottishPower Energy Networks said:
“We are delighted to be the first DNO in the UK to be actively using such a powerful tool. The user interface allows us to simulate power outages at various nodes on the network and thereby generate smart meter event data for all meters impacted by the scenario. The simulator also maintains the energisation status for each simulated meter point involved, allowing us to determine the status of the meters while steps are taken to resolve the outage. This information helps us consider how to improve the service that we offer to customers as we are able to define solutions to identify power outages more effectively and address them more quickly.”
This simulation capability is available as a Cloud based service that can be rapidly deployed and adopted in many different scenarios and geographies by a wide variety of customer types on a Software as a Service basis.
Gordon Brown, AMT-SYBEX Product Director said,
“It’s a powerful tool that puts control in the hands of the business, allowing users to create their own scenarios and ensure that their current systems and processes can withstand the impact of a huge increase in data flow and how it is managed.”
The simulator can also be used after the installation of smart meters to help support business continuity planning, making it an essential end-to-end solution to help plan for and ensure responsiveness to the smart meter roll-out. Future phases planned for the module include a range of other business scenarios such as meter installations, consumption patterns to identify distributed generation, metering security, energy balancing and demand side management.
AMT-SYBEX has operated in the utility, energy and infrastructure industries since 1990 and creates enterprise software which enables its clients to meet evolving business challenges around enterprise mobility, smart grids, and enterprise asset management.