Auckland, New Zealand — (METERING.COM) — December 15, 2008 – Auckland electric meter owner and operator Metrix has implemented Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management solution to support its deployment of smart meters as part of its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).
Metrix has deployed a 5,000 meter pilot program of Elster’s EnergyAxis System, which provides interval and consumption data to Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management. The pilot program is helping Metrix evaluate how smart metering technology will enable it to add value to the services it delivers to retail electric providers and energy consumers.
Oracle’s MDM solution interfaces with any type or brand of meter, providing real-time reads and the ability to disconnect or reconnect the meter. The system also interfaces to the company’s EDMI smart meters to provide one-way communication with smart meters for interval and consumption data. Thus Metrix can reduce workload and effort duplication because the system provides a single, standard interface for the organization and its customers.
Further, the MDM 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 is the first step in delivering an infrastructure that provides better quality information and meter services to Auckland. Metrix’s customers and end users now benefit from faster data acquisition and meter intelligence regarding their usage and peak demand information, as well as the health of the meter systems. With smart metering, Metrix will be able to provide its customers with the usage data they need to make informed decisions about their energy use and ultimately reduce the cost of electricity.
As a result of the successful pilot program, Metrix has proceeded to deploy smart meters to the rest of its 300,000 electric customers.