Key steps to a successful AMI program
By: SGN Staff
Quick Take: Consulting firm DNV KEMA has published a page promoting its smart metering expertise. Even though it is technically a sales piece, you can scroll to the bottom for a helpful list of the various phases and aspects of an AMI deployment. You certainly don't have to hire DNV KEMA to do this work - but you do need to know how you'll get all of it accomplished. - By Jesse Berst
DNV KEMA explains on its Smart Meters and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) page: "AMR / AMI can provide the foundation for improvements throughout the utilityâ€"from meter reading to customer service to engineering and system planning. Technology advancements and the availability of infrastructure features at lower prices create opportunities for expanded deployment, value-added services and potential new revenue streams.”
It also outlines the areas that need to be addressed and questions that need to be answered for a well-planned and successful metering program. Among those are:
- strategic planning - developing the most effective AMI / AMR business strategy for a utility’s unique circumstances
- cost / benefit analysis - determining the cost and benefit aspects, analyze the economical inputs and perform the calculation using the standard DNV KEMA cost / benefit model
- system design - specification of User Requirements (use cases) and preparation of RFP's and technical infrastructure design, assessment and selection and communication standards.
Jesse Berst is the founder and Chief Analyst of SGN and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition.