Smart metering, a pillar of energy efficiency in the smart city
Through smart metering, the solution developed by Energisme facilitates remote data collection and increases the scope of collected data, thus opening the way to a virtuous and collaborative energy management within the smart city.
What is smart metering?
Smart metering is a device for collecting energy data remotely, via smart meters and IoT (Internet of Things) sensors.
Associated with a system or an installation (electricity, natural gas, hot water,…), it allows to :
- remotely monitor energy consumption
- collect data on consumer usage
- identify system anomalies
- remotely control the energy flow
Energisme’s solution is based on remote measurement to collect data on municipal equipment or public buildings.
Energisme works with an ecosystem of suppliers of connected objects and IoT collectors to facilitate remote data collection.
The solution can:
Centralize all data from smart metering and other sources in a single data warehouse un même entrepôt de données
Cross-reference available data sources to perform a multi-variable analysis of the community’s energy consumption and its equipment
Identify malfunctions and ways to improve energy performance
Provide predictive analyses of energy consumption to feed the energy management strategy at the community level
Present the results of the analyses in the form of dashboards and reports that can be used by decision-makers
What are the benefits of smart metering for the smart city?
For local authorities, smart metering is a way to monitor their energy consumption in real time and make adjustments if necessary.
Accurately measuring energy consumption makes it easier to detect malfunctions or energy-hungry equipment.
Smart metering therefore opens the way to energy renovation and, in a broader sense, energy efficiency actions.
Smart meters don’t just track energy consumption.
They record complete data sets on usage, for example:
Smart metering: a response to the challenges facing local authorities
The accuracy and quality of the data collected by smart metering and analyzed by the Energisme platform facilitate the implementation of energy management policies at the local level.
Smart metering meets a double challenge for local authorities:
- reduce their energy consumption to meet French and European regulations on energy transition
- reduce energy bills in order to reduce budgets
In addition, remote measurement strengthens the collaborative dynamic between the smart city and energy providers.
With the knowledge gained, communities are better able to co-create energy efficiency solutions with their partners.
How does a smart meter work?
A smart meter collects data remotely using IoT sensors.
Unlike traditional meters that require manual reading, smart meters do not require human intervention. The data is linked directly to an administration console via a secure connection.
The Internet of Things field is reshaping energy data collection.
Previously, data was typically fragmented, managed separately by energy suppliers and electricity, gas and water network managers.
- Smart metering enables the creation of connected smart grids capable of producing massive quantities data.
By combining remote measurement with a platform dedicated to energy management, such as the Energisme solution, local authorities can now access an overall view of their energy consumption. The aggregation of data from different energy flows also facilitates the creation of a collaborative model.
How does remote measurement promote the use of data in the smart city?
- Remote measurement
- Collecting data with IoT sensors
- Process and analyze the collected data
- Using data to serve the community
The opportunities offered by smart metering go beyond the challenges of collecting energy data. In fact, it is the entire data path that is being revolutionized.
For the smart city, smart metering is a way to :
- improve data quality
- implement a collaborative and virtuous energy data management: remote measurement facilitates the availability of data in an open data logic
- strengthen synergies between actors for a better energy efficiency of the territory
The value of data starts with sensors.
In the context of the smart city, smart meters and IoT sensors enable the collection of energy data at various touch points, for example:
- air quality in day-care centers or schools
- temperature of hot water networks in EHPADs
- consumption of public lighting networks
Smart metering increases the amount of data collected.
All of this data transits through radio networks, Lora, Sigfox, or others, at different sending frequencies.
It then arrives in a data lake, a storage area where the data will be organized to make it usable.
The data coming from smart sensors is numerous and heterogeneous. To this must be added data from external systems, such as weather data.
Smart metering allows to centralize all the data. In the smart city, the quantity of data is important, but it is above all the quality of the data that makes it possible to exploit it.
The solution developed by Energisme facilitates the aggregation of data from multiple sources into a unified database.
The incorporation of data into a common platform opens the way to a coordinated management of multi-fluid consumption.
The data obtained is then cross-referenced and analyzed using machine learning or other analytical methods to make sense of it.
The data analysis is then used to support the action of communities in terms of energy management.
Thanks to the Energisme solution, decision-makers have access to detailed dashboards and reports on the smart city’s energy consumption.
The platform also offers the possibility to perform predictive analysis of energy consumption based on multiple variables.
This allows the detection of discrepancies between actual and forecasted consumption and the detection of energy losses.
Finally, the user can easily set up alerts (for example, when thresholds are exceeded or when there is an anomaly on the network) and notify the people in charge.