MECOMS METER DATA MANAGEMENT
Meter Data Management focuses on data quality and controlling the information flood. MECOMS for Utilities handles all aspects of meter data collection, validation and calculation to turn raw meter reads into reliable consumption data.
METER READING & METER ASSET MANAGEMENT
MECOMS is smart meter – ready. It provides two-way communication with smart meters and is able to processes large volumes of smart metering data via the Smart Metering Communication Bus. Moreover, MECOMS facilitates smart metering process for meter asset management, monitoring and the interaction with customers and other market parties. MECOMS also handles Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) as a core process.
MECOMS organizes the entire Manual Meter Reading process. MECOMS wireless portable terminals for meter readers enable suppliers to receive their meter readings within the same day. MECOMS Mobile lets meter readers access and register relevant information on their terminal (e.g. defects, fraud or the meter location).
Periodical meter reading routes often reflect the accumulated experience of many years. For unplanned meter readings on demand (MROD), however, routes are generated dynamically. MECOMS takes into account the location of the meter reader and the accessibility of the locations to create an optimal route.
VALIDATION & CALCULATION
Meter readings are stored and validated in MECOMS using flexible business rules. Even on ordinary hardware, MECOMS smoothly processes and stores millions of meter readings. MECOMS allows the definition of business validation rules in a user-friendly manner, without additional development. Multiple rules can be active simultaneously, and can be prioritized to match changing business needs. The validation rules are executed in the main MECOMS system, but also on mobile devices and self-service portals to further reduce the likelihood of erroneous values.
SMART METRING COMMUNICATION BUS
MECOMS Smart Metering Communication Bus (SMCB) has been designed to manage Smart Metering assets and complex two-way communication in a multi-brand, multi-protocol and multi-user environment. SMCB guarantees a comprehensive management of the metering assets, while at the same time offering the flexibility to link several different proprietary protocols to each other and the central system. In addition, it supports ‘push’ as well as ‘pull’ AMI architectures. SMCB makes MECOMS a device-independent solution. SMCB is developed together with database experts from Microsoft. MECOMS uses innovative technologies, such as In-Memory Analytics and Smart Volume Streaming, to ensure that it is able to handle massive amounts of data. In a benchmark situation, a few regular PC’s running MECOMS were able to handle 270,000 metering values per second. In a real life situation, with 15 minute intervals, this would correspond to more than 100 million meters.