Utilities today face unprecedented challenges and opportunities as they strive to meet the increasing demands of their customers and stakeholders. To meet these demands, they need an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) ecosystem that can provide reliable and accurate data, support multiple use cases, and generate actionable insights to help them optimize their operations and customer service. But what should be taken into account when building your metering ecosystem? Here are 7 things to consider when building your AMI:
How much water has been consumed? Is there a leak or stagnation somewhere? Is maintenance necessary? No longer does this information need to be collected by technicians during scheduled on-site visits. Because unlike, traditional water meters, smart water meters communicate and transmit their data automatically, regularly – and in case of an event, immediately – to the water supplier or municipality. While various protocols are available the right choice depends on specific requirements.
The price increases in energy over the past 12 months have taken many consumers by surprise, contributing significantly to the financial pressure on businesses and householders during the current economic crisis. In the UK, not a day goes by without energy, and specifically the cost of energy, dominating conversations, news reports and media comment.
Whether due to environmental concerns, government incentives and regulations or rising gas prices; the electrification of transportation is gaining momentum around the world. According to Arthur D. Little’sreport, by 2030 there will be more than 40 million passenger electric vehicles on European roads. As exciting as this news sounds from the environmental perspective, it is alarming for grid operators. Due to the sudden demand for electricity, local distribution systems might suffer from temporary overloads, leading to power outages and other grid stability issues, such as voltage spikes and frequency fluctuations that can affect the performance of other equipment connected to the grid.
For several years, the combination of system integration, the smart grid and the legacy of outdated industrial control systems have been presenting new cyber security challenges for energy infrastructures. These problems are reflected in the 10 most common anomalies identified in energy companies' operational technology (OT) networks in 2022.
Various energy supply companies are currently in the decision-making process to replace traditional ripple control. Aargau's AEW Energie AG recommends acting proactively and is convinced that the realization of smart metering and load management on the same technology offers a lot of synergy potential in the introduction and operation.