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Netinium® Meter Information Manager™ (MiM™) will play a key role in this pilot, acting as the central access server to securely access and manage the meters and to provide a rich set of services to support key utility processes such as billing, supplier switch and remote connect/disconnect.
By Ferry Cserép
Continuon is continuously looking to offer its customers the highest quality and most efficient service. One of the initiatives to achieve this is to bring an Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system to residential and small business customers, the InfoStroom project (Figure 1).
Continuon expressed its interest in installing an AMR system in the late 1990s, long before the liberalisation of the Dutch domestic energy market and the issuing of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. The goal was to have as many business processes as possible benefit from smart metering, including processes for billing, move-in/move-out, and supplier switch. Hence, when building the business case for its AMR system, Continuon initially focused on the fact that with smart meters in place, existing business processes would become more efficient. However, the business case not only reflected that existing processes would improve, but that new processes could be introduced, such as fraud prevention and power quality monitoring, improving the expected return on investment of the project. In addition the business case showed that the inclusion of remote reading of other utility meters such as gas, water and heat, whilst using the same infrastructure, would have a dramatic positive impact on the business case.
Fulfilling Nuon's smart metering vision
MicroTask BV has announced the release of its NETINIUM® Meter Information Manager™ for large scale residential multi-vendor / multi-service smart metering. NETINIUM® is advanced middleware that enables utilities to mix and match different metering products and communication technologies such as PLC and GPRS into one seamless AMR/AMM infrastructure.