Metrix, electricity meter operators in greater Auckland, New Zealand, have implemented Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management to provide a centralised, robust meter data management system and support the company’s deployment of smart meters as part of their advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Oracle Utilities meter data management system is available from Oracle Corporation Australia .
Metrix deployed a pilot programme on 5,000 smart meters to test their Elster EnergyAxis System – which communicates with customers’ electricity meters and then provides interval and consumption data to Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management. The pilot programme has helped Metrix to evaluate how smart metering technology will enable them to add value to the services they deliver to retail electric providers and energy consumers.
Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management interfaces with any type or brand of meter, and provides real-time reads with the ability to disconnect or reconnect the meter. The Oracle system also interfaces to the company’s EDMI smart meters to provide one-way communication with smart meters for interval and consumption data. With Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management, Metrix can reduce workload and effort duplication as the system provides a single, standard interface for the organisation and their customers.
The Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management also provides a number of Web services including instant reads to retailers. It also receives meter setup changes from Metrix’s customer information system (CIS) and provides billing meter reads to the CIS.
Metrix’s smart meter deployment delivers an infrastructure that provides better quality information and meter services to Auckland. Metrix’s customers and end users can benefit from faster data acquisition and meter intelligence regarding their usage and peak demand information, as well as the health of the meter systems – improving revenue streams and service reliability. With smart metering, Metrix will be able to provide their customers with the usage data they need to make informed decisions about their energy use and reduce the cost of electricity.