NMi is proud to announce: SMDA testing is possible within a few weeks!
In the coming years, as one of the means to reduce energy consumption, up to 53 million smart meters will be installed in all houses in Great Britain. Contrary to traditional utility meters, smart meters allow the electricity companies to communicate with the meters in consumers’ homes to obtain up-to-date readings, set tariffs and provide live consumption data. This is done via the Data Communications Company (DCC) and requires hardware and software solutions, as well as security procedures, that have to function correctly under any circumstances.
As the appointed SMDA Test House, NMi will conduct testing of smart metering equipment to provide assurance to the industry that it will work effectively within the smart metering infrastructure.
All utility meters in Europe must be examined in conformity with the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) before entering the market and currently, over 35% of all utility meters installed in Europe are MID certified by NMi. To ensure compliance with the extra SMDA requirements for Great Britain, NMi will conduct:
- interoperability testing, to demonstrate that smart metering devices that interact with the Data Communications Company (DCC) systems can successfully receive, interpret, act on and respond to messages; and
- interchangeability testing, to check that all devices on the Home Area Network (HAN), such as in-home displays, meters, pre-payment interface devices or HAN connected auxiliary load switches can communicate with one another and interpret and act on commands, no matter what brand is being used