Data analytics: UK utility selects Bit Stew for grid management


Commenting on the partnership, David MacLeman, manager of research and development of distribution technologies at SSEPD said: “The project will improve our understanding of how data analytics can be used to ensure we continue to provide a safe, secure and reliable electricity supply to our customers.”

The programme is funded under the utility’s Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) received by UK distribution companies from energy regulator Ofgem.

Through the NIA, utilities improve their networks by investing in innovations delivering operational and commercial benefits.

In line with SSEPD’s motive, the Canadian based solution provider claims its technology portfolio ‘Mix Core’ will allow the utility to analyse meter and geographical information system (GIS) data for implementation of energy efficiency and demand response programmes.

[quote] In addition, the technologies will improve the utility’s customer services through quick detection of outages and power restoration.

Michele Morgan, Managing Director of Bit Stew in Europe said: “If the network connectivity can be determined through data analytics, rather than by the current labor intensive method, then the savings would be over £10 million for the SSEPD network.” [Streaming analytics market worth US$1.96bn by 2020]

In a combined statement, the utility serving 3.7m customers across Scotland and Southern England said it choose Bit Stew’s portfolio due to its success in previous utilities’ smart grid projects including that of Canadian utility, BC Hydro.

With BC Hydro, the technology company claims deployment of its technology in utility’s network has allowed integration of data from over 2 million smart meters with more than 30 operational and IT systems including customer information, field dispatch, work order management and distribution management systems.

The integration has transformed the utility’s network into a self-forming and self-healing grid with improved energy performance throughout British Columbia.

“Today, BC Hydro’s smart meter deployment is recognized by the global utility industry as the standard of excellence for smart grids,” reiterated Michele.

Bit Stew in data analytics

In the last quarter of 2015, the company launched a new global partner programme to promote an Internet of Things ecosystem.

The company said the partner network encompasses data analytics and communication softwares, infrastructure and service companies in a bid to bring Bit Stew’s products and services to new markets.

The programme was designed to accommodate different business models, with partnership tracks for software OEMs, resellers, systems integrators and application developers. [Data analytics: Global market to triple by 2022, says new report]

Depending on their business model, partners can white label Bit Stew’s technology and integrate it into their own solutions, resell managed services, customize Bit Stew’s technology or develop their own applications on the MIx Core platform to sell to industrial organizations.

Commenting on the launch, Jett Winter, EVP, Business Development, at Bit Stew Systems, said: “With the launch of the Bit Stew Partner Program we want to give partners looking to maximize their potential in the IoT market, the ability to embed and resell MIx Core and MIx Director Suite.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.