Determining the right kind of a smart metering solution is a crucial strategic decision for a utility in the initial stage of a smart meter project planning. The number of available devices, software and communication technologies as well as potential partners is huge, as is the spectrum between the two extremes – namely the component and the turn-key solution. Utility customers can buy all the components for their smart metering solution separately and manage the rollout and the software integration themselves, or they can opt for a turn-key solution and, for instance, rely on a subcontractor to manage the project in its entirety.
It was only last year when Landis+Gyr was awarded an AMI service contract for Finland’s largest distribution system operator, Caruna Oy. The comprehensive “Metering as a Service” solution is now up and running and comprises not less than the full take-over of Caruna’s complete AMI infrastructure in the Nordic region’s largest Managed Services project to date.
In many cases, different rules apply in product, software and service sales. Lately, I’ve noted that the true game changer is selling — and buying — Software as a Service. Simply said, Software as a Service (SaaS) means that you get access to a software application running somewhere in the cloud, instead of having it installed and managed by you at your own premises — an approach gaining popularity across industries and the way of the future.
How can utilities make intelligent use of their smart metering infrastructure? What are the benefits of analytics for typical processes in medium- and low-voltage networks? In times of increasing decentralization of generation across the distribution network, Landis+Gyr’s Advanced Grid Analytics software (AGA) offers multifaceted benefits.
Without doubt, flexibility will be a key component in the future of energy grids. Future grids will need to have the capability to react almost instantaneously to changes in loads to efficiently manage constantly fluctuating consumption and generation. On utility and DSO side, there is an expectation of a full suite of smart grid devices that match particular requirements. These needs will be shaped by a wide range of factors from population density to climate and geography. Some parts of the world produce a lot of wind power or have access to geothermal sources of energy. Colder regions need to monitor heating consumption, while warmer regions need accurate data on consumption of energy used for cooling. Thanks to cutting-edge solutions from Landis+Gyr, every region can have smart grids tailor-made to their needs in a way that maximizes the gains these technologies offer.
G3-PLC communication technology is known for its fast and reliable communication in a smart grid environment. By utilizing the G3-500 frequency band for smart metering communication, the easy-to-build technology provides outstanding reliability. This has been proven in several field tests with Landis+Gyr customers.