A new service from TMA Data Management will make it easier for small and new entrant energy companies to become "smart meter ready".
TMA, a provider of meter data management solutions, will provide systems that will enable connections to the 53 million smart meters being deployed in Britain between 2015 and 2020.
To enable this, CGI is supplying its Adapter solution to TMA, which simplifies the process of connecting to the Data and Communications Company (DCC), the shared technology infrastructure that will support the smart meters being deployed by UK energy companies.
CGI’s Adapter meets the terms of connection set out in the Smart Energy Code that governs access to the smart meter infrastructure and the data held on smart meters. The Adapter minimises the level of IT development change needed within energy companies' own internal systems, making it easier and more efficient to be smart meter ready.
TMA will use the solution to offer a service to tier two and new entrant energy suppliers and other authorised users of the DCC services, helping to reduce the barriers of entry to Britain’s smart meter-enabled energy market, and improving market competition and increasing consumer choice into the bargain.
Eric Graham, commercial director at TMA, said: “By offering a service based on CGI’s Adapter we can take the pain out of smart meter readiness for our energy customers. By supporting tier two and new entrant firms in this way we are helping to ensure consumers access the best possible service whilst supporting competition in the UK energy market.”
Last week it was announced that Telefónica UK was to use CGI’s Smart Data Service as part of its responsibility to deliver connectivity to energy firms that are rolling out smart meters as part of the national rollout.