The UK’s National Grid has selected IFS to deploy several software applications as part of its smart meter rollout strategy.National Grid will reportedly deploy IFS Applications 9 software across its core business operations.
IFS Applications 9 is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application suite that will support National Grid Smart, the utility’s smart meter programme, to procure smart meters and schedule their installation.
National Grid smart meter programme
The state grid only began its programme to introduce smart meter late last year, in November, following a number of setbacks that derailed the government’s initial smart meter programme, dating back to 2011. [National Grid launches DR pilot for commercial customers]
Every phase of the National Grid rollout will be supported by functionality in IFS Applications 9, including financials, procurement, asset management, project management, service management, and mobile workforce management.
The National Grid claims that the solution will provide a constant feed of installation and procurement data from engineers in the field via the IFS Mobile Work Order application, enabling National Grid Smart to monitor progress and address initial challenges swiftly.
In a statement, Kerri Matthews, director of National Grid Smart, said: “The implementation of IFS Applications 9 mirrors the concept of smarter thinking that underpins our smart metering program, helping us access vital information in real-time to ensure that we’re able to meet tight project deadlines and, in the long-term, ensure a smooth roll out of interconnected smart meters.”
He continued: “IFS’s solution stood out to us as a user-friendly ‘single’ system, which could centralize our data management capability, be deployed and adapted within a tight timeframe, and which will work seamlessly with our wider solution landscape. We were particularly impressed with the speed of deployment – we had initial system functionality up and running in two months. IFS’s solutions have been viewed as trailblazing internally, and we’re excited about the opportunities they’ll create for us as we transform the way consumers and organizations use energy.”