Great Britain Smart Meter Infrastructure: Analysis of Potential Architectures

Date: December 22, 2010
Pages: 32
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Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Brief Review
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Great Britain Smart Meter Infrastructure: Analysis of Potential Architectures
Introduction

The previous Labour administration in the UK mandated that 100% of all gas and electricity meters should be smart by 2020, but the new coalition government is now pressing for accelerated deployment. With 47 million meters to install in less than a decade, there are huge revenues to be earned.

Features and benefits
  • There are several potential architectures for GB AMI
  • A lack of clarity surrounding the future role of the DCC requires analysis of different architectures under different DCC scenarios
  • Ovum firmly believes that distributing intelligence and data-processing functions closer to the home will alleviate issues of scale in the deployment
Highlights

Ovum believes that GB AMI will benefit from a strong yet flexible DCC that assumes a number of responsibilities not in the initial scope laid out by Ofgem. Ovum encourages Ofgem to include within the scope of the DCC essential yet commoditized functions.The analysis of the data flows underpinning GB AMI directs us to recommend some form of pervasive distributed intelligence into GB AMI.

Your key questions answered
  • Identify the key data flows underpinning GB AMI
  • Understand how different architectures affect these data flows
  • Read our recommendations for the services the DataCommsCo should adopt
SUMMARY

Catalyst
Ovum view
Key messages

GB AMI ARCHITECTURES

GB AMI processes are supported by numerous data flows, which in turn are managed by numerous applications
A generic architecture is used as the basis of our analysis

POTENTIAL ARCHITECTURES FOR GB AMI

A lack of clarity surrounds the future role of the DCC
Centralized intelligence architecture
WAN-connected metering architecture
RTU-based intelligence architecture
WAN module-based intelligence architecture
“Early Smart” architecture

ANALYSIS OF POTENTIAL ARCHITECTURES ON GB AMI PROCESSES

Visibility
  Improved customer visibility on consumption and tariffs
  Improved accuracy of bill
  Peak shedding through TOU/CPP charging
  Single version of the truth
Home automation
Enabling a competitive market for suppliers
  Removal of barriers to entry
  Improved customer switching
  Competitive differentiation
  Functional interoperability and interchangeability
Security
  Dynamic security upgrades
Smart grid applications
Revenue protection

COMMERCIAL PREDICTIONS

Centralized intelligence architecture, Optimal DCC
WAN-connected metering architecture
RTU-based intelligence architecture
WAN module-based intelligence architecture

APPENDIX

Definitions
Author
Ovum Consulting
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