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Case Study: NTE Holding
This week we caught up with Jørn Engberg, Project Manager ICT at NTE Holding, who is scheduled to share both NTE’s experience in implementing a state-of-the-art Meter Data Management System in collaboration with neighbouring utilities and contribute his views to the Standardisation panel debate.
Jørn explained: “Being sure which strategy to choose when it comes to selecting software for your smart meter infrastructure is a seldom luxury. And it all comes down to your IT and business strategies of IT architecture, competence, guts and money. And there is no right answer. At NTE (now Tensio) we did a joint venture with other utilities to select a common solution after looking at our options.
Collaboration among several utilities is a complex task and has to be thoroughly done from the start. A board consisting of managers from each company was put together and a new company created to handle the software. A collaboration project consisting of members from the different utilities, external consultants was set to lead the procurement, logistics, architecture, test and collaboration. We carefully selected tools for project management, testing and documentation that were role and cloud based to make the collaboration easier.
The journey throughout the project was both difficult and long lasting but also very successful. Different vendors from different countries, advanced systems, delays and opinions about the functionality were daily issues. We ended up with a mixture of self-made and standard software and a company that manages it all for the utilities. The full system integrates the headend system for 600,000 smart meters with databases and delivers smart meter data to a national database in addition to the utilities themselves. Integration services are offered to the utilities to gain access to most smart meter functionality via smart integration software. The project was ended in time for the government demands and the total system now delivers terabytes of information to its “customers”.
Now the utilities are enabled to take advantage of both data and smart meter functionality to seamlessly improve internal and external processes. I look forward to sharing details of our experience, our learnings and our future roadmap with peers at Advanced Metering Infrastructure 2021.”
Jørn will be one of 12 utility case-studies being presented at Advanced Metering Infrastructure 2021. Alongside the case-study agenda, there will be 3 x supplier presentations, 4 x live Q&A sessions, a 90-min roundtable discussion session, and more, all in just one intensive high-value day!