Technical Challenges of the Smart Meter Programme<br />Simon Harrison<br />Project Architect – SRSM Project. <br />SMDG SG...
Delivering Smart Metering for GB is a MASSIVE technical challenge<br />
This is every home (and small business) in the country over 30 million premises<br />Smart Metering Goes HERE<br />
A rapid roll out to replace every* meter in the country <br />* Except the biggest ones<br />
Over 30 million premises<br />Over 50 million meters<br />Over 100 million smart metering components<br />
There has to be a reliable, economic & secure connection to every home<br />Smart metering system components need to commu...
Fit & ‘Forget’or even ‘Customer Proof’<br />System has to work seamlessly – can’t reboot a meter if it stops working<br />...
Meters are constant through<br />Changes of Customer<br />Changes of Supplier<br />Changes of Kitchen<br />Changes of tech...
So, meters need to be interoperable. <br />Technically, Operationally and Commercially.<br />But not one-size fits all<br />
Some current metering is very complicated - particularly electricity<br />We’re not planning on changing wires or heating ...
Some metering is in awkward places – customers build round them – they’re not pretty things in warm or light places.<br />...
Smart meters come with modems to connect to the outside world – maybe an extra bland plastic box<br />Some of these might ...
Smart Meters, and their little radios, have to work in every kind of home:<br />Medieval walls<br />Foil insulation<br />I...
Smart metering has to live in the real world<br />Gas meters need batteries – modern ones that last for years and years<br...
Can’t let customers decide what batteries need to be used for !<br />
Getting a signal to every meter point will not be<br />straightforward<br />Programme is defining services and service lev...
Future is not yet written, but…<br />we think we know that<br />Environmental concerns will not go away<br />Microgenerati...
What about the Customers?<br />Without their effective engagement – <br />this fails<br />
Customers are concerned that:<br />Meters are safe<br />Data is private<br />This all works and doesn’t break anything els...
Nobody knows anything<br />The market will find the right way to inform customers about energy<br />Minimum definition to ...
WOW, this is sounding IMPOSSIBLE<br />(& expensive)<br />However, confidence is HIGH<br />
The British Roll Out of Smart Metering might well be the largest, into the most complex market, but -technically – these a...
Don’t want to steal Howard’s thunder..but<br />By July the programme will have defined public interoperable specifications...
Programme is working on defining & procuring the central Data Communications Company to provide the connection to the home...
What about you guys?<br />
I’m here to find some help – <br />get your business cards ready!<br />
Thanks<br />simon.harrison@engage-consulting.co.uk<br />Picture Credits<br /><ul><li>flickr.com/slipstreamJC		- flickr.com...
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Presentation to BRE event on 30 Nov 2010, covering technical challenges arising from the first phase of work in the British smart meter design programme being lead by Ofgem.

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Smart Metering Technical Challenges

  1. 1. Technical Challenges of the Smart Meter Programme<br />Simon Harrison<br />Project Architect – SRSM Project. <br />SMDG SG1 & SG3 member. STEG member.<br />Principal Consultant – Engage Consulting<br />BRE Workshop 30.11.10<br />
  2. 2. Delivering Smart Metering for GB is a MASSIVE technical challenge<br />
  3. 3. This is every home (and small business) in the country over 30 million premises<br />Smart Metering Goes HERE<br />
  4. 4. A rapid roll out to replace every* meter in the country <br />* Except the biggest ones<br />
  5. 5. Over 30 million premises<br />Over 50 million meters<br />Over 100 million smart metering components<br />
  6. 6. There has to be a reliable, economic & secure connection to every home<br />Smart metering system components need to communicate effectively within every home<br />
  7. 7. Fit & ‘Forget’or even ‘Customer Proof’<br />System has to work seamlessly – can’t reboot a meter if it stops working<br />Smart meters shouldn’t need visits<br />
  8. 8. Meters are constant through<br />Changes of Customer<br />Changes of Supplier<br />Changes of Kitchen<br />Changes of technology<br />Ideally no visits & no changes to physical equipment for over 15years<br />
  9. 9. So, meters need to be interoperable. <br />Technically, Operationally and Commercially.<br />But not one-size fits all<br />
  10. 10.
  11. 11. Some current metering is very complicated - particularly electricity<br />We’re not planning on changing wires or heating systems just for smart<br />
  12. 12. Some metering is in awkward places – customers build round them – they’re not pretty things in warm or light places.<br />Just about OK for a meter reader to visit twice a year<br />Not ideal to encourage customers to take an interest<br />
  13. 13. Smart meters come with modems to connect to the outside world – maybe an extra bland plastic box<br />Some of these might be very small. Others may need a bit more room<br />Space is a luxury – as is the time to do the work<br />
  14. 14. Smart Meters, and their little radios, have to work in every kind of home:<br />Medieval walls<br />Foil insulation<br />Interference<br />Other things radios love<br />Radios are not magic – sometimes a wire or repeater will be needed<br />Customer <br />Using <br />Energy<br />Meters<br />NOT QUITE MAGIC !<br />
  15. 15. Smart metering has to live in the real world<br />Gas meters need batteries – modern ones that last for years and years<br />Not economic to visit to change batteries for every meter<br />
  16. 16. Can’t let customers decide what batteries need to be used for !<br />
  17. 17. Getting a signal to every meter point will not be<br />straightforward<br />Programme is defining services and service level agreements for a <br />new national monopolyto provide the data connection to every metering point that will have a smart meter<br />
  18. 18. Future is not yet written, but…<br />we think we know that<br />Environmental concerns will not go away<br />Microgeneration will become more widespread<br />Smart Grids will rise in prominence<br />Smart metering will need to support as yet unknown future applications<br />Interoperability is the key<br />
  19. 19. What about the Customers?<br />Without their effective engagement – <br />this fails<br />
  20. 20. Customers are concerned that:<br />Meters are safe<br />Data is private<br />This all works and doesn’t break anything else<br />This doesn’t <br /> cost too much money<br />
  21. 21. Nobody knows anything<br />The market will find the right way to inform customers about energy<br />Minimum definition to allow for maximum innovation<br />
  22. 22. WOW, this is sounding IMPOSSIBLE<br />(& expensive)<br />However, confidence is HIGH<br />
  23. 23. The British Roll Out of Smart Metering might well be the largest, into the most complex market, but -technically – these are just communicating meters<br />Over 40 Million<br />Over 60 Million<br />Installed<br />already<br />
  24. 24. Don’t want to steal Howard’s thunder..but<br />By July the programme will have defined public interoperable specifications for smart metering system components<br />1st Use Case Working Group this week – Retailers, Networks, Supply Chain<br />All work is intended to be as transparent as possible – check the Ofgem E-Serve website<br />
  25. 25. Programme is working on defining & procuring the central Data Communications Company to provide the connection to the home<br />And roll out plans, customer education, security policies…<br />
  26. 26. What about you guys?<br />
  27. 27. I’m here to find some help – <br />get your business cards ready!<br />
  28. 28. Thanks<br />simon.harrison@engage-consulting.co.uk<br />Picture Credits<br /><ul><li>flickr.com/slipstreamJC - flickr.com/markhillary
  29. 29. flickr.com/spodzone - flickr.com/splorp
  30. 30. flickr.com/daveknapik - flickr.com/rajputpiccision
  31. 31. flickr.com/frozenminds - flickr.com/derailedbythedtrain
  32. 32. flickr.com/davefishernc - flickr.com/velvettangerine
  33. 33. flickr.com/markramsay - flickr.com/cliff1066
  34. 34. flickr.com/bufcorephil - flickr.com/jontintinjordan
  35. 35. flickr.com/nilexuk - flickr.com/techiekev
  36. 36. flickr.com/stefan - flickr.com/mart!n
  37. 37. flickr.com/complexify -flickr.com/yewenyi
  38. 38. flickr.com/f1rstborn</li>

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