How does the smart meter actually benefit end users? It is not just issues like delays, data protection concerns, costs and electrosmog that have earned negative coverage for the smart meter rollout. Many end users simply fail to see the benefits that smart meters can offer because the data they collect is generally only available on the following day through an online platform, summarised in 15-minute intervals, for electricity only and with no control options.
Making the most of smart meters
But there is huge potential in the introduction of smart meters – including for end users. These intelligent energy meters could become a pillar of the energy transformation because they capture all the key data for intelligent energy management of buildings. Not only do they demonstrate the potential for savings, they will also make follow-up payments and manual meter-reading a thing of the past.
Capturing and processing energy data
This is why smart-me has developed a platform that allows the visualisation, monitoring and optimisation of energy. In particular, the platform incorporates every relevant energy type in the building, including gas, water and heat, via M-BUS Gateway. What’s more, smart-me can also integrate third-party meters (smart meter module).
- Measuring: electronic metering measures energy consumption and, if necessary, the feed. It not only meets calibration requirements (precise, tamper-proof measurement) but also security requirements.
- Informing: customers can follow their energy consumption in almost real time on the app or a web portal. This display is secured by personal access protection.
- Controlling energy flows: your heat pump, boiler, electric charging station and all other energy consumers can be controlled or even automated with if/then actions.
Central platform for energy
A central platform for energy services provides energy suppliers with a major opportunity for further digitalising communications. Functions of the smart-me platform include:
- Transfer of measurement values in real time, or at intervals, to network operators.
- Multi-purpose capability: other meters, such as gas meters, are read via MBUS.
- Direct customer information (web portal, apps): consumers can view their current usage, with comprehensive options for visualising and comparing their own consumption data.
- Value-added services: energy monitoring in line with DIN EN ISO 50001, energy optimisation, (prosumer) energy cost billing and many other services are already available now.
Using data interfaces for value-added services
With real-time data and cloud technology opening up new horizons in energy management, there is virtually no limit to product development. Not only does the smart meter enable consumption transparency, but the software also makes customers aware of their consumption behaviour and can assist them in carrying out energy efficiency measures. Suppliers, meanwhile, can use the platform as a dialogue tool for approaching customers directly with service offers