Future Of Utilities Conference (March 2010)


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Future Of Utilities Conference (March 2010)

  1. 1. Ensuring consumers reap the benefits of smart metering Simon Higgins: Smart Meter Solutions Architect
  2. 2. Powering Communications 2,300 employees based in locations across the UK and Ireland Turnover of c. £800m pa Owned by consortium of Canadian and Australian investors Wireless Access Terrestrial Broadcast Satellite & Media • UK’s largest independent site provider • Delivering services to 98.5% of UK • Scale and worldwide footprint households • 16,000 marketable sites • 100+ earth stations at 10 teleports in UK, • Transmission for all UK terrestrial TV US and France • Provider of design, build and installation channels (BBC, ITV, C4, C5) services, and backhaul • Services to Broadcast, Media & Enterprise • Management Digital Switchover (DSO) • Support services to ‘blue light’ and other • Play-out services, Outside Broadcast technical programme public sector organisations • Occasional Use for Sports & News • Transmission for all BBC and circa 300 • Private Mobile Radio networks and national, regional and local commercial • Uplinking of over 400 channels worldwide services radio services on AM, FM, and DAB • Carrier & Enterprise connectivity • Mobile data solutions • Founder shareholder of Freeview • Launch of VoD service SeeSaw 2
  3. 3. Arqiva and Smart Metering Arqiva has joined forces with Sensus to provide a Universal Multi-Utility communications platform using long range radio technology Utilising existing technologies for smart metering and grid to gain economic scale. Arqiva Sensus Nationwide footprint of strategically Proven Long Range Radio technology positioned sites enables rapid and cost Smart metering (elec, gas, water) effective rollout Distributed automation Dedicated spectrum Widely deployed. Over 200 utilities Extensive portfolio of radio masts 12 million smart end points Engineering expertise, NOC operations & 370,000 per month being installed national field force Near 100% connectivity Willingness to invest long term No vested consumer interest 3
  4. 4. Delivering a universal communications solution ▌ Optional WAN interface to each meter TOU Pricing Signals ▌ Enables energy suppliers to Load Control Direct independently rollout and maintain from WAN smart meters Water Consumer Electronics Consumption data Electric Display or Thermostat Gas Open Industry Standard Interface can be used LR Radio Network Control & Monitoring 4
  5. 5. Promoting competition, choice and value for consumers Dedicated Lessons learned from around the world Custom designed and optimised for smart metering and smart grid Single point of contact ensures accountability for consumers Secure Lessons learned from the Netherlands CPNI Guidelines for communications networks supporting critical national infrastructure Resilient Would be difficult to achieve with multiple comms providers Ability to adapt and change to the environment which can surround the end-point Universal Single solution for 100% of homes Major cost in impact assessment is the cost of visits to homes Common platform for Smart Energy, Smart Water and Smart Grid Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory access Maintaining retail competition Promoting choice and value for consumers 5
  6. 6. Dedicated and secure Need to reflect upon the lessons learned from overseas deployments: Ontario Single comms technology Communications bearer is directly connected to the asset it serves e.g. 15 years+ 25 year+ contracts Single point of contact guarantees accountability Designed to last Netherlands The importance of ensuring security of data Security concerns can damage consumer confidence (a key component of this rollout) 6
  7. 7. Dedicated and secure The ideal is a closed and dedicated communications infrastructure Ensure resources do not compete with other consumer demands No re-visits to homes in the impact assessment by DECC Additional visits would breach the business case Network will be used to control critical infrastructure “ Where availability is a major issue, use a single provider to guarantee separation and work with this provider to achieve full “ transparency of the service and its components. Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure May 2009 7
  8. 8. Resilience ▌The need to ensure that the solution can adapt to the environment that surrounds it 8
  9. 9. Universality Consumer confidence and trust is critical Right first time, every time Getting into people’s home will be the single biggest challenge Do we want another party seeking to access consumers’ homes? Single solution for 100% of homes Reduced complexity Embedded comms in meters further reduces complexity Increases accountability Driving value for consumers Maintains competition and delivering economies of scale Interoperability 9
  10. 10. Implement, operate and separate Central Communications Provider Energy Suppliers Central Communications Network provider Meters, Meter installation Central Data •Contracts with users • AMI network operations Smart end points Billing & Settlement • Command & Control WAN infrastructure WAN/HAN interface •Access & Security Displays DNOs •MDM-R, Change of Use, etc • Security & Asset mgmt Smart grid end points HAN interface Central Data provider Central Communications Network provider MAPs, MOPs, Meter Manufacturers Home displays - Consumer electronics Split CCP into Central data and Central communications creates contestable Market Model Communications network needs to support for as long as the assets its serves – 15 years+ Innovation will take place at the applications layer – not hardware A single communications network will deliver interoperability Increasing contestability, which drives value to the consumer 10
  11. 11. www.arqiva.com/wireless 11