Interoperability Group formed for rollout of smart meters in UK

Last week, Trilliant (Redwood City, Calif., U.S.A.), a smart grid equipment provider, announced it has launched an Interoperability Group that unifies multiple home energy management devices within a single eco-system.  The formation of the group aims to help consumers cut their energy bills by up to 10% by installing smart meters

The Interoperability Group is built around the Trilliant Communications Hub, which is designed to support the deployment stage of smart meters and address issues of multi-supplier and multi-device interoperability.  

Recent research commissioned by the European Smart Metering Industry Group found that UK households have the potential to achieve annual savings of $1.4 billion a year by measuring and managing their electricity use using smart meters.  The Government has identified smart meters as a key energy efficiency technology and is aiming for 52 million smart meters to be installed in 30 million homes and businesses in the UK between 2014 and 2019.

One of the key barriers to this roll out is the technical complexity of the multiple energy management devices on the market, according to Trilliant.  By unifying these manufacturers, Trilliant is aiming to limit the time and expense of separate standalone equipment roll-outs, and provide one offering for utilities.

"The Government has set an ambitious, but achievable, target for utilities to roll out smart meters in UK homes and businesses,” says Jon Parr, managing director of EMEA at Trilliant. 

The products brought to market through the Interoperability Group will cover a wide range of products, technologies and approaches, all oriented towards providing better information about energy consumption, says the company. 

Eight industry players and in-home display providers have joined the Interoperability Group, including smart grid provider, Itron (Liberty Lake, Wash., U.S.A.), data and analytics provider Onzo (London, England), and smart meter manufacturer Chameleon (Yorkshire, England).

"The next two years is a critical period in the run-up to the mandated mass roll out of smart meters,” says Mike Woodhall, managing director at Chameleon. “Interoperability is crucial to the positive engagement of customers. This, in turn, is vital to a successful roll out for the whole country.”

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