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A cloud based integration platform as a service (iPaaS) for data management and operations of smart meters

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - Metercloud (A cloud based integration platform as a service (iPaaS) for data management and operations of smart meters)

Reporting period: 2020-02-01 to 2021-01-31

The attention on the smart grids and smart grid technologies has grown significantly over the last few years as they represent key enablers towards a low carbon energy scenario. The smart grid promises to drastically change the way power is produced, exchanged and traded. In 2017, almost 40% of the 281M electricity customers in Europe had a smart meter, a share that is set to increase to 70% over the coming years. As a consequence, annual shipments of smart electricity meters will reach a peak of around 28M units per year in 2019/2020 . To date, Member States have committed to rolling out close to 200M smart meters for electricity by 2020 at a total potential investment of €45B . A smart meter system employs several control devices, various sensors to identify parameters, software and communication protocols to transfer the data and command signals. Furthermore, each business case is unique, varying according to the regulatory system, business objectives and design of the existing grid. Therefore, the design, deployment and maintenance of the smart meter system involve many challenges.
Metercloud is a cloud based integration platform as a service (iPaaS) for data management and operations of smart meters, smart cities and IIoT. Metercloud is a full fletched Energy Application PaaS, with API Management, Data Lake, Integration Bus, Software Development Kit (SDK) and Platform Ecosystem Services. Metercloud enables utility companies to optimise smart grid operations, capitalise on dark data, and become a platform operator for smart city infrastructure
Greenbird has successfully optimized the data management infrastructure which was created with extraction capabilities for over 100M smart meters. The API to proceed with this has been developed. Real-time capabilities have been integrated to big data processing, analytics and machine learning. The first platform was launched and tested at 5 pilots. SoA available data related to IT operations analysed and cleansed. Missing data are continuously added, gathered and crunched. For each pilot, relevant IT metrics and business metrics are analysed and evaluated. A detailed business and commercialization plan has been drafted.Due to the pandemic, it was not possible for Greenbird to participate in all foreseen events. The company only took part to DistribuTECH event in the US and E-world energy & water event in Germany. Anyhow, the company also took part to several Digital Grid online events. Several articles and podcasts were published.
The company will continue to develop both the UX/UI of the project to include a seamless integration for additional smart meters. Additionally, more data is needed to effectively drive the AI within the Metercloud system for maximum digital energy management capabilities. To do this, the company will continue its multi country pilot where they will team together with utilities domain experts and IT personnel to deliver the defined usage scenarios. After deployment, Greenbird will operate the solution during the pilot period and Greenbird’s Solution Engineers and Business Development Executives will – together with the utilities and partners – constantly identify improvements and measure the results. The focus will be to continue to optimize the QUERY language developed internally for advanced filtering and search based on customer feedback.
Greenbird process flow diagram