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GPRS Mobile Network for Smart Metering - Vodafone Industrial IoT Case Study
GPRS Mobile Network for Smart Metering
Around the world, the electricity supply industry is turning to ‘smart’ meters to lower costs, reduce emissions and improve the management of customer supplies. Smart meters collect detailed consumption information and using this feedback consumers can better understand their energy usage which in turn enables them to modify their consumption to save money and help to cut carbon emissions. A smart meter can be defined in many ways, but generally includes an element of two-way communication between the household meter and the utility provider to efficiently collect detailed energy usage data. Some implementations include consumer feedback beyond the energy bill to include online web data, SMS text messages or an information display in consumers’ premises. Providing a cost-effective, reliable communications mechanism is one of the most challenging aspects of a smart meter implementation. In New Zealand, the utilities have embraced smart metering and designed cost effective ways for it to be implemented. The New Zealand government has encouraged such a move to smart metering by ensuring the energy legislation is consistent with the delivery of benefits to the consumer while allowing innovation in this area. On the ground, AMS is a leader in the deployment of smart metering and associated services. Several of New Zealand’s energy retailers were looking for smart metering services for their residential and small business customers which will eventually account for over 500,000 meters when the multi-year national deployment program is concluded. To respond to these requirements, AMS needed to put together a solution that included data communications between each meter and the central data collection point and the solution proposed by Vodafone satisfied that requirement.
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British Gas Modernizes its Operations with Innovative Smart Metering Deployment - Trilliant Industrial IoT Case Study
British Gas Modernizes its Operations with Innovative Smart Metering Deployment
The UK government has mandated that smart meters are rolled out as standard across Great Britain by end of 2020, and this roll-out is estimated to create £14 billion in net benefits to the UK in consumer energy savings and lower energy generation demand, according to the Oxford Economics report, “The Value of Smart Metering to Great Britain.” While smart-metering systems have been deployed in many countries, the roll-out in Great Britain is unique because it is led by energy retailers, who have responsibility for the Electricity and Gas meters. The decision to have a retailer-led roll out was made by DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) to improve customer experience and drive consumer benefits. It has also led to some unique system-level requirements to support the unique local regulatory model.
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Energy Management System at Sugar Industry - Secure Meters Industrial IoT Case Study
Energy Management System at Sugar Industry
The company wanted to use the information from the system to claim under the renewable energy certificate scheme. The benefit to the company under the renewable energy certificates is Rs 75 million a year. To enable the above, an end-to-end solution for load monitoring, consumption monitoring, online data monitoring, automatic meter data acquisition which can be exported to SAP and other applications is required.
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Transforming Water Utilities with IoT, saving a Billion Gallons every year! - Saviant Industrial IoT Case Study
Transforming Water Utilities with IoT, saving a Billion Gallons every year!
The big problem that Utilities face includes:(i) How to make meters “smart” and ingest the data from homes to the companies and;(ii) how to derive intelligent actions from huge amounts of meter data, in an efficient and cost-effective way.Solving these problems would help Utilities track & monitor water consumption data, identify leakage, theft & various anomalies. This demands the need of a scalable system with remote asset management & proactive maintenance capabilities. This would also help end-consumers understand their water usage for better decision-making to conserve water.
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Wireless Automated Meter Reading for Power Distribution Networks - MOXA Industrial IoT Case Study
Wireless Automated Meter Reading for Power Distribution Networks
In the Americas and Europe, electric power is provided by a number of private power plants distributed over wide areas. Optimizing distribution and transmission to meet market demand is always a challenge, particularly since power suppliers need to monitor data usage and combine the data for power generation, distribution, and transmission. Deploying long range wireless automated meter reading will allow power suppliers to better gauge and respond to market demand and optimally allocate energy distribution to control rising energy costs and service interruptions. The customer in this application is a cooperatively owned power services company with over $816 million in assets and nearly 4.3 million MWh in energy sales as of 2007. It supplies power and provides other management services in the western US. The company provides leadership and management of power supply options and continues to implement increasingly sophisticated power management techniques and innovative technologies, giving utilities in the region the ability to offer low-cost power options at stable prices. System Requirements • Long range wireless transmission (satellite, GPRS, WCDMA, microwave, etc.) over wide territories. • Need to transmit data in a low bandwidth network environment. • Self-monitor connection status, when the connection fails, system reboots to restore communication.
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Driving Network Efficiency and Fraud Detection Efforts - C3 IoT Industrial IoT Case Study
Driving Network Efficiency and Fraud Detection Efforts
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) wanted to optimize the deployment and ongoing health of its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network and identify and reduce unbilled energy usage. BGE wanted a solution to deliver an annual economic benefit of $20 million.
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Single Network for Multiple Smart Grid Services (ComEd) - Silver Spring Networks Industrial IoT Case Study
Single Network for Multiple Smart Grid Services (ComEd)
With the passage of Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), ComEd was required to improve its overall system reliability. In order to reach the goals outlined in the law, ComEd decided to leverage a common network for multiple applications, including advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation (DA) and smart city programs. With a modernized communications infrastructure, the utility would be able to increase grid reliability by identifying problems faster, optimizing business processes, automating problem resolution and reducing truck rolls.
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Helping Enexis Power Ahead with Smart Meter Rollout - Vodafone Industrial IoT Case Study
Helping Enexis Power Ahead with Smart Meter Rollout
Enexis is an independent grid operator and one of the largest energy distributors in the Netherlands. Working with energy suppliers, it manages 2 million gas and 2.6 million electricity connections to customers in seven provinces, representing approximately one third of the Dutch market. In 2008, a European Union (EU) directive stipulated that 80% of energy customers must be able to monitor energy consumption by 2020. The Dutch government responded by making a legal requirement for energy operators to install smart metering technology in homes. To meet these targets, Enexis will need to deploy approximately 5 million smart meters, each transmitting energy consumption data once a day, every day. Since 2011, Enexis no longer installs conventional meters, every new meter installed in the grid is a smart meter. This means that during the first few years of rollout, smart meters are installed across the grid. To achieve this, Enexis had several options. Routing data via Power Line Connections (PLC) was impractical because, to work effectively, entire districts would have to install smart meters simultaneously. With the initial rollout limited to replacing faulty meters and new installations, this was not viable. Transmitting data via WiFi, another option, would mean home owners needing a guaranteed connection. “Because we install smart meters that are scattered across our distribution network, the most effective solution was GPRS over M2M SIMs,” says Lonneke Driessen-Mutters, Smart Metering Operations Manager at Enexis. M2M SIMs installed in smart meters would be able to transmit data via Vodafone’s comprehensive mobile coverage in the Netherlands, with no homeowner involvement and minimum installation effort. Enexis invited a number of mobile communications suppliers in the Netherlands to tender. After careful consideration, Vodafone was selected based on cost and service commitments. In addition, Enexis already had a relationship with Vodafone, as they provide approximately 3,000 of the company’s voice and data connections, so they knew the service they could expect. “We’re owned by local government, so our money is public money. The solution had to be cost effective as we have to be careful what we spend,” says Driessen-Mutters.
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IoT based Energy Quality Availability Monitoring Solution - Altizon Systems Industrial IoT Case Study
IoT based Energy Quality Availability Monitoring Solution
There were several challenges faced:Since this data would be in the public domain, accuracy and authenticity of this data were of paramount importance. It should be able to withstand scrutiny.It is challenging to build an appliance that can withstand a wide range of voltage fluctuations from as low at 90v to as high as 320v. Since the device would be installed in remote locations, its resilience was of paramount importance.The device would have to deal with poor network coverage and have the ability to store and re-transmit data if networks were not available, which is often the case in rural India. The device could store up to 30 days of data.The platform that deals with the data should be readily available and highly reliable and never lose a packet of data.
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Driving the Future of Smart Energy -  Industrial IoT Case Study
Driving the Future of Smart Energy
In 2011, BC Hydro began an ambitious smart grid project that included replacing old electromechanical meters with nearly two million state-of-the-art smart meters. The company undertook its industry-leading smart grid rollout with the goals of improving energy efficiency and reliability in the region while reducing losses and more quickly identifying power outages. As BC Hydro began its smart meter roll-out, the leadership quickly recognized that without the right technology, it would face significant challenges integrating data from so many different sources throughout its operations.
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Product Development for Power Line Communication (PLC/BPL) Systems - Prodapt Industrial IoT Case Study
Product Development for Power Line Communication (PLC/BPL) Systems
The client wanted to develop a product that can acquire data from their meter units installed at the consumer's premises. A system capable of acquiring, transferring and archiving the data had to be in place, replacing the existing traditional method which was error prone and expensive to operate. The system needed to be integrated with the existing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system for increasing the operational efficiency.
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Modernizing a Legacy Energy Grid -  Industrial IoT Case Study
Modernizing a Legacy Energy Grid
For AusNet, this represented a tremendous challenge to replace 700,000 legacy meters across a diverse geographical environment creating additional network communications coverage complexity. The Victorian state government also required that the new meters would need to maintain high-performance levels for 15 years. To demonstrate compliance and smart grid uptime, AusNet would need to consistently produce accurate meter performance data on a daily basis for 20 market retailers. This required integrating and analyzing massive volumes of smart grid data in real-time.
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Pima County takes significant steps in preserving water source - AVEVA Industrial IoT Case Study
Pima County takes significant steps in preserving water source
Pima County is facing the following challenges: - Management of more than 60 million gallons of sewage each day to support the region’s population of more than 1 million people. - To take immediate action when alarms sound alerting operators to issues within the plant The solution should be able to enable the following feature: - To ensure capture of institutional knowledge of current workforce for effective training of future operators - To employ an effective Situational Awareness strategy enabling personnel to effectively understand and address operations of the facility - With assets spread out over more than 700 miles, operational management is difficult
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Consorcio Energético Punta Cana Macao (CEPM) - Ingenu Industrial IoT Case Study
Consorcio Energético Punta Cana Macao (CEPM)
The Dominican Republic has had its share of challenges as efforts to deliver power more efficiently to consumers have increased. Sub-standard service, inadequate capacity and frequent black-outs have been a common occurrence in this emerging island country. However, as the government energy industry was deregulated, the Dominican Republic looked to companies such as CEPM to deliver innovative energy solutions to its citizens. As such, CEPM sought to find a reliable advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution which would withstand rigorous power fluctuations and provide remote monitoring and management of its electrical grid. Additionally, the company was launching a pre-paid electricity program which required reliable data transmission and two-way communication capabilities. Coverage was also an issue due to the country’s varied topography.
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Southern Connecticut Gas - Itron Industrial IoT Case Study
Southern Connecticut Gas
SCG wanted Itron to modernize and manage its Advanced Metering Infrastructure system, helping the company optimize the delivery of natural gas, improve customer service and streamline business operations. SCG wanted the system to be scaled for customer growth, providing hourly reads for all customers, and offer remote shutoff and enhanced security features.
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Smart Meter Automation Powers Customer Service at Jersey Electricity - WhereScape Industrial IoT Case Study
Smart Meter Automation Powers Customer Service at Jersey Electricity
Although Jersey is not a part of the UK Smart Meter roll out, Smart Meters are a central part of a large-scale government project to upgrade the UK’s energy system, replacing around 53 million existing gas and electricity meters by 2020, allowing consumers a more accurate view of their energy consumption. Designed to provide ‘near real-time’ information on energy use, smart meters will enable consumers to manage their energy use, allow supplier switching to take place more easily and remove the need for suppliers to read meters and provide estimated bills. As the sole supplier of electricity across the island, Jersey Electricity decided to proactively rollout smart metering ahead of the rest of the UK, aiming for installation of up to 45,000 meters for domestic and commercial customers by the end of 2018. Planned as a three-year project, Jendev, its subsidiary utility software development business, examined a variety of options to deliver key components, including the smart meters themselves and the critical data warehousing technology to gather, store and analyse the data provided by every smart meter. This data collection and analysis presented an important challenge. In every property, the smart meter needs to take a daily consumption read as well as 48 half hourly reads, 365 days a year – an eventual total at the end of the project rollout approaching 1 billion reads per year. This data is passed from each property to a data concentrator in its local substation, which are all polled daily to collate data in the central data warehouse for processing and analysis.
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Ursalink Improves Data Control and Energy-Saving for Smart Gas Metering - Ursalink Technology Industrial IoT Case Study
Ursalink Improves Data Control and Energy-Saving for Smart Gas Metering
Detect issues with consumption, pressure, etc.Monitorand control gas delivery devices to manage billing history and dataReceive real-time alerts
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Smart Harbor @ Porto Turistico di Roma by Unidata - Unidata Industrial IoT Case Study
Smart Harbor @ Porto Turistico di Roma by Unidata
The Porto Turistico di Roma wanted to address two main pain points:1) manual meters reading activity too long and too expensive2) time for billings to customer customers' too long 
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