Work is now well underway to put the mechanisms in place to ensure a new assurance scheme for smart metering equipment works effectively for industry.
The Smart Metering Device Assurance (SMDA) scheme aims to enable suppliers to meet their obligations on smart metering equipment and to also give confidence to the market and key participants. The scheme was established after a number of suppliers, meter manufacturers and funders of smart metering programmes identified a common benefit in establishing a central assurance regime.
The joint initiative between EUA, Energy UK, BEAMA and the Community of Meter Asset Providers (collectively forming the SMDA Company) focuses on interoperability – which energy supply companies have an obligation to demonstrate in relation to equipment installed on their networks – and interchangeability, which the industry wants in order to reduce the risk of ‘stranded’ assets. Interoperability relates to the ability of Type 1 devices to interact with the Data Communications Company (DCC), successfully receiving, interpreting, acting on and responding to messages.
If you would like to read the full article, you can find it on page 3 of the EUA utilities magazine, Output.