Interoperability strategies in AMI/AMR


Conference: Smart Metering West Coast 2006
Location: San Fransisco
Presenter: Erich Gunther
Abstract: Presented by Erich Gunther at Smart Metering West Coast 2006. As automatic meter reading (AMR) systems have been deployed over the past few years, it has become clear that evolving the underlying technology and architecture can lead to significantly increased capability.  This capability has been noted by regulators and some states – such as California – have sought to actively promote the evolution of AMR to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) for the purpose of facilitating the implementation of innovative rates, demand response, and other policy elements.

This presentation describes an open process for developing the requirements for AMI systems from a utility perspective with respect to meeting business, technical, and regulatory requirements.  The presentation will describe the efforts of a relatively new consortium of utilities (UtilityAMI) that are working together to define what AMI is, agree on a common set of high-level requirements, define expectations for standardized meter/communications network interfaces, encourage multi-vendor interoperability, and produce other relevant documents.  The goal of UtilityAMI is to send a clear signal to vendors and other AMI infrastructure providers what the utilities collective minimum requirements are for these systems.