Given the data explosion most organizations, including utilities, are facing, there is a recognized need for more sophisticated analytical capabilities.
Smart meters from Echelon and from its Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) meter partners worldwide can now be upgraded in the field to function as multi-parameter grid sensors, in addition to serving as billing devices. These meters are the industry’s first smart meters that separate billing data from grid power quality data – so that they can be read on independent time cycles. By separating these data types, the utility can collect relevant power quality information on an as-required basis, instead of collecting large volumes of billing and operational data from each meter on every read cycle. This can enable the utility's communications infrastructure and analytics applications to minimize the volume of data collected and processed, while increasing its usefulness – ultimately improving service reliability at lower cost. Read more: http://www.echelon.com/company/news-room/2012/efficient-grid-analytics.htm