Act on the Digitization of the Energy Transition: how to successfully plan your smart meter rollout

Learn more about the challenges related to smart meter rollout and discover solutions for concrete planning. Together with our users, we have developed analysis templates that enable every public utility to determine the most important planning aspects at the push of a button on the basis of the data in the billing system.

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Rollout planning: detailed, individual, and easy

Alexander Weth from the Unterfränkische Überlandzentrale eG gives exciting insights into rollout planning.

  • See with one click where and when you are obliged to do an installation
  • Create an individual plan tailored to your utility – down to street level if required
  • With just one click, you can generate exports for service providers and data for standard letters to fulfill your duty to inform
  • Keep tabs on the process of your rollout as you can get the current status of your data with just one click
  • Adjust the template to your requirements: link or document the signal strength of mobile signals, the conditions of the distribution boxes, etc.

Analyses at the push of a button for your smart meter rollout

Many factors have a decisive influence on the rollout scenario, the quantity structure and cost-benefit analysis:

  • When is the right time to replace a meter, for example based on the calibration period of the old meter?
  • When installing an intelligent measuring system, are all meters in use at the delivery point replaced by the intelligent measuring system, for example in order to switch the delivery point to a uniform calibration cycle?
  • Which communication connections are used depending on the local conditions, and does it make sense to also convert points of consumption that have a later calibration period end or that don’t constitute a compulsory installation?
  • Which meters will be converted by the end of 2019 to reach the statutory quota of 10% of compulsory installations?
  • What customers / groups of customers would be suitable for the conversion?

Our solution: we have developed analysis templates that enable every public utility to determine the most important planning aspects at the push of a button.

Classification of each meter by categories specified in the bill. As this not only applies to the compulsory installation cases, you get a comprehensive overview of all meters in the network. The classification is based on the average consumption over the last three years as defined by law.

Analysis of each meter’s consumption history over the last 5 years. This history indicates whether consumption is increasing, decreasing or constant. This is particularly useful as it allows you to keep tabs on the consumption of customers that are about to slip to another tier rate, so that you can avoid discussions with the customers.

Overview of all compulsory and non-compulsory installation cases for each delivery point.

To assess the value of a delivery point.

Price ceilings or specific settings based on various filter options.

Analyses

by regions, cities, streets, …

by the minimum calibration periods of compulsory installation cases for each delivery point, or

by the minimum calibration periods of all meters for each delivery point

by customer groups (feed-in, customers > XX kWh of consumption)

by price ceilings to be paid

Rollout planning based on calibration periods, customer groups, etc.

You can categorize every delivery point and meter, and use these categories for filtering in order to plan the rollout as desired.

To support the planning of data transfer via PLC.

By the suitability for certain communication options e.g. PLC, GSM/LTE … and their quality.

Carry out evaluations and derive alternative courses of action from them.

It helps you do detailed and structured rollout planning. It can be used as a permanent planning tool.

Import and export to other systems like workforce management systems, MS Access, MS Excel, CS.VA of Schleupen AG, etc.

You can refresh the data basis at the push of a button, so that figures and plans are always created on the basis of the latest billing data.

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