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Rolling out smart meters successfully

  • We don't just see a population of millions

    We see a network of smart meters linked to individual customers

Smart solutions for the rollout of smart meters

By the end of 2019 the government requires gas and electricity suppliers to have completed the £11 billion rollout of smart meters across Great Britain.

To successfully roll out smart meters, your energy company will be playing a part in replacing 53 million gas and electricity meters, which means visits to 30 million households and businesses to install around 100,000 meters a week over an eight-year period.

With such a massive national undertaking, it is vital that you can accurately pinpoint property location.

One reference for every premises – the UPRN

The industry is therefore now working with the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) to create a new best practice approach to deliver a nationally consistent premises identifier. This will be based upon the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) contained within our AddressBase® data, which provides precise co-ordinates for every UPRN.

But it's not just about providing a point on a map, geographic information (GI) adds value by enabling the integration and interrogation of your own data, using location as a common reference point. With AddressBase products, the UPRN enables systems to share information about the same place without the need to match multiple datasets.

This new approach will help identify:

  • Where new systems are needed or legacy databases need to be linked
  • Small businesses that meet smart meter criteria
  • Multiple occupancy properties without postal addresses, such as flats
  • Properties that have no postal address, but may receive an energy supply
  • Households that have export monitoring devices such as Feed in Tariffs (FIT) for the Green Deal requirements

Our AddressBase range of products are created from the National Address Gazetteer Database, which combines our data with data from local authorities, the Valuation Office and Royal Mail®, to provide one definitive source of publicly-owned spatial address data.

Use GI for meter point referencing against a UPRN

This diagram shows spatial data association for meter point referencing against a single common reference – the UPRN. This simple approach maintains a link between meter references (MPAN/MPRN), existing customer information, addressing and the building extent (topographic identifier).

By linking through a database or geographic information system (GIS), you can attribute data (for example, customer data) and link it to an asset (in this case a meter or cable/pipe) and to its spatial location (an address/premise). You can then plan your smart meter rollout on evidence-based, detailed geographic and market data.

A nationally consistent premises identifier enables you and all within the industry to:

  • Adopt a single customer view through data integration
  • Share data between different computer systems
  • Reduce and eventually remove address matching costs
  • Identify the optimal rollout strategy

The benefits of using AddressBase

In addition to the smart meter rollout, other business efficiencies can be realised. AddressBase products will enable you to:

  • Improve customer service with accurate billing and customised communications
  • Deliver cost savings through remote reading and the management of smart meters
  • Reduce call centre traffic
  • Better manage debt
  • Potentially offer new services giving your customers more information, control and choice

Our accurate AddressBase products can help your organisation to roll out smart meters successfully.

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Find out more about working towards a smart grid

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Addressing data and the smart meter rollout report

In exclusive research by Utility Week and Ordnance Survey, energy industry players were asked if they had good enough quality-addressing information to support the smart meter rollout.

Royal Mail PAF addresses, both commercial and residential, matched to the local authority Unique Property Reference Number. AddressBase is a good entry-level product for your business.

Smart grids will provide your utility company with detailed intelligence about supply and demand, so that you can adjust capacity more efficiently and reliably.

Looking for a smart solution? Contact us.

We can help you find the right location-based products so that you can roll out smart meters successfully.

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