Utility Self Control


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  • © 2010 Chris Clabaugh Consulting All rights reserved This is a conceptual presentation on “Energy self-control” developed by Chris Clabaugh.
  • Utility Self Control

    1. 1. “ Utility Self-control” Conceptual presentation Chris Clabaugh Chris Clabaugh Consulting May, 2010
    2. 2. The concept: “Utility self-control” <ul><li>Premise: “passive power consumption” needs to move to “proactive power management” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But at a much more granular, per-user or even per-meter basis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eventually down to the ‘smart in-home/on-premise device’ level </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Utility “self-control”: Phase 1 <ul><li>Nominally 5 functional areas or phases to consider: </li></ul><ul><li>1-Smart meter provisioning & control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meters are “just another network element” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Similar functionality (and probably much less complex) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires workflow, service order orchestration, inventory management, account caching, … </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2-Real-time Arbitrage and Charging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-memory source, type, rate, capacity tables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Per-meter budgeting and rule definition/enforcement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preferred method or source of power, per account / per meter </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Utility “self-control”: Phase 1 <ul><li>3-Self-configuration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Users to control “dials” to manage meter functions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(for now…) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users to set budget/alarm thresholds and notification type or transport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users set preferred method or source of power supply together with time of use specifics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>4-Time of Use reporting / throttling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide data objects for BI reporting on a per meter / user/ regional basis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploit smart meter functions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(for now…) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Utility “self-control”: Phase 1 <ul><li>5-Online or mobile payment processing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interface directly to card networks, debit networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scratch-card refills, quota nibbling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable consumer to consumer value transfers for Utilities credits </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Utility “self-control”: Beyond Phase 1 <ul><li>Subsequent phases: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase 2: Handle micro power generation aspects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Users selling power from granular power generation plants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase 3: Integrate intelligent in-home devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Home/office devices become other elements to manage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase 4: Extend into ‘water self-control’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide water usage/meter/control (especially for drought-stricken areas) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Again, “just another network element” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase 5: Extend into ‘natural gas self-control’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide energy management for this type of fuel as well </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The goal being total self-control of a site’s utility footprint </li></ul>
    7. 7. Required functional components (1) Provisioning and Service Activation
    8. 8. Smart meter provisioning <ul><li>Provisioning and Service Activation requires: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An agile and flexible framework for utility service providers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which reliably automates delivery of high value, high demand, complex and converged services to consumers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This demands seamless support of conventional and convergent networks & utility services: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>extended connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>workflow capabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporation of a powerful rules-based service catalog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>integrated network inventory </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The service must provide advanced availability and sustainable real-time performance & support provisioning-less services </li></ul>
    9. 9. Prospective Use Case – Utility Service Management <ul><li>Generalized WAP Internet Access Provisioning ( self, auto, CRM & mass ) </li></ul><ul><li>Extends legacy utility applications for better performance , scalability & time to market </li></ul><ul><li>Implement Provisioning-less strategy & redundant consumer profile inventories </li></ul>Load balancing Provisioning Systems Subscribers’ Profile (LDAP servers) primary replica master replica backup LDAP replication get profile update profile read/write access read only access WAP GW auto- provisioning mass- provisioning ADD, QUERY, CANCEL, MODIFY, SUSPEND & REINSTATE subscriptions Execute subscriptions operations in the network update profile customer care (Switch Control) customer care provisioning self-care provisioning 10’s of millions of consumers Thousands of customer care representatives
    10. 10. Required functional components (2) Real-time rating, charging, and quota management
    11. 11. Real-time Arbitrage and Charging – Requires: <ul><li>Knowledge: Bringing data and logic closer to the network delivering more intelligence at the network layer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better understanding of usage of services through Deep Packet Inspection; leads to creation of innovative data-driven services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates up-sell and cross-sell opportunities at the moment of usage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximize sales or savings opportunity @ the moment of usage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible and granular billing options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivers personalized service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Agility: Removal of silos, delivering agility at the consumer’s site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faster TTM for new services and offerings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows faster reaction to competitive / alternative offerings </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Policy / Quota management – Requires: <ul><li>Policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rules to grant or deny access to a service or Policy constraints using a service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example policies include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subscriptions to power sources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PIN required services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rateable service and rateable consumer usage driven events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blacklisted consumer and energy source redirection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Worthiness filter (used to gain access to “Virtual Balance” manager) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Volume, Duration, Usage, Time of Day, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Quota Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quota nibbling or chunking from current allocation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduces accesses to backend utility billing systems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual Quota Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access if/when Billing system unavailable (failures, planned outages) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides quota allocation up to some maximum level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generates reconciliation records / data streams </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Service Control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Authorization, Service Reauthorization, Service Stop, Energy Source Authorization, Quota Return </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Aware data fetch, cache and manage real-time updates to data points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usage Session and charging session lifecycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support reserve, commit, billing plans; possibly ad-hoc as well </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Granular charging indicators (volume, timed, event, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Context aware: provide correlation of service and consumer information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer intelligence – logging of transaction details  data mining </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PIN expiration / reset </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Priority (enables operator to offer best price / availability / or profit) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Record Generation (event records) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre and Post paid billing record generation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes: Aggregation, Correlation, Dup-detection, …. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Service Aware data – should be highly available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Session data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer and supplier profiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blacklists / White lists / etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Pack </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy Data </li></ul></ul>Service control / management – Requires:
    14. 14. A Theoretical Example Multiple BSS & Business Application Systems Multiple Access Networks Single Service Control, Detection, & Delivery Framework Real-time network interface Network Application Integration (NAI) Service Aware Billing and reference data interface Subscriber Balance Policies Utility Self-Control Platform Utility BSS Business Application Systems Location Subscriber Engine Profile Product Catalogue PIN Verification Mediation Rating Billing Provisioning Energy Sources & Services Edge Network Access Network Circuit Swiched Core Packet Switched Core Virtual Gateway Messaging
    15. 15. <ul><li>For more information: </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Clabaugh Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Cell: +1 916 296 7871 </li></ul>