Smart Metering

Smart Metering

A «smart» system for telemetering and remote control requires a capillary network of sensors and management systems distributed over the geographical area for providing data collection and processing. When designed for multiservice, this Capillary Network can become a real propeller for the development of smart cities, where not only gas but many other services such as electricity, water, parking and urban waste are integrated into the same metering and management system. Smart Metering represents the framework for developing new types of services for achieving economies of scale and scope, on the one side reducing management costs and on the other bringing a number of tangible benefits including:

  • Real-time monitoring and optimisation of gas, water and light consumptions
  • Fraud reduction through telemetering combined with remote control
  • Flow monitoring with identification of gas, water losses etc...

 

The Smart Metering solution proposed by Olivetti is based on the use of a capillary network composed of concentrators able to detect signals of 169 Mhz and 868 Mhz or other frequencies used by the most widely-installed meters and sensors.

For developing the Capillary Network, Olivetti is able to exploit the skills and development tools Telecom Italia has been using for years for developing its fixed and mobile TLC networks. These instruments permit the proximity network to be designed with great levels of accuracy. Network assets already available to Telecom Italia (base radio stations, distributors, electrical cabinets, ...) allow a high level of cover to be achieved, so enabling optimisation of deployment and management costs.

The solution proposed by Olivetti, based principally on a 169 Mhz Capillary Network, is defined as a «Point-Multipoint» solution. In this case the concentrators installed over the geographical area collect the information coming from the various meters, acting as bridges between the many collection points and the central data processing system (SAC).

The dsi solution of TI Digital Solutions uses point-point connections (2G/3G/4G connectivity via meter-mounted SIM cards) only in cases where use of concentrators would not be economically sustainable such as, for example, in scarsely populated areas.

There are many advantages to using a point-multipoint solution rather than point-point:

  • Meters with mobile radio modems based on using SIMs are more expensive than short-range 169 Mhz modems
  • The SIM solution - from the distributor’s point of view - has a higher TCO (Total Cost Of Ownership) than 169 Mhz modem solution due to the cost of more frequent battery replacements
  • 169 Mhz frequences have a greater penetration capacity indoors and in areas where meters are normally located

Olivetti launches two governance models on the market allowing the customer to choose the most appropriate for their requirements:

  • Third Carrier Model: Olivetti operates as TLC network manager consigning the measurement data to the Customer’s SAC without evaluating its contents.
  • Third Agent Model: In this case, in addition to TLC network management, Olivetti manages also the SAC providing the Customer with the measurement data in a suitable format for their legacy systems (invoicing, CRM, ...) with a guarantee of the coherency and consistency of measurement data.
 

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