This is the third in a series of blog posts focused on smart metering.
We have developed an easy, structured ten-step project approach to help utilities benefit from using standardized protocols. Although this post is written with smart metering in mind, the ten-step approach can be applied to all standardized protocols. We developed this approach at KEMA based on our experience and analyses with the utilities we work with, a variety of (research) projects, as well as (type conformance) testing results.
Below, are steps 1-5, the steps we recommend taking prior to the contract delivery. Next week my post will follow-up with steps 6-10, detailing best practices following contract signature.
Five steps to take before the delivery contract between supplier and utility is signed:
1. Ask yourself, within the framework of your utility and engineering concept, what information you want to exchange between locations A and B within 2-5, or even 2-10 years.
2. Translate system functionality into protocol functionality.
3. Define which standard(s) best fit your situation.
4. Define a Protocol Implementation Document (PID). Take the PICS (Interoperability sheet) as a basis, add a Protocol Implementaion eXtra Information for Testing (PIXIT) containing additional requirements, such as redundancy and performance. The PID is used to close all open ends in the standard, specifying the use of the standard for one network (which can be as big as a continent).
5. Include the PID as part of the contract between vendor and user.
In combination with steps 6-10 (available next week) these steps will enable all of the benefits associated with an interoperable smart meter environment.
By: Jan-Harm Kema