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eMeter’s Extended Enterprise Functionality Scales the Value of Smart Grid

eMeter Corp. has announced Extended Enterprise capabilities for its EnergyIP meter data management (MDM) software. These advanced features, unique in the industry, allow interoperability and collaboration between companies for energy delivery and are key to utilities’ sharing and scaling the value of their Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) investments.

Utility mergers, open energy markets, and the integration of alternative supply into the grid are driving many utilities to adopt new business models in the transition to Smart Grid. With the responsibility of managing operations that span companies, borders and regulatory bodies, utilities are often required to link multiple CIS, logistics and AMI systems, each with differing process flows and data models.

EnergyIP’s Extended Enterprise simplifies the transition by providing a common platform that integrates process and information flow between companies and supports the unique operations and information needs of each entity.

“We see the re-shaping of utilities’ organizational boundaries as a growing, global trend, and these new models require information systems with a higher degree of flexibility,” explained Cree Edwards, founder and CEO of eMeter. “We built Extended Enterprise to support these new requirements from initial roll-out, reducing deployment complexity and avoiding the risk of having IT systems unable to support a new business opportunity.”

EneryIP’s Extended Enterprise functionality assists utilities to interconnect communities of collaborating suppliers and their consumers with advanced capabilities including:

  • Multi-process integration with support for each constituent’s unique operations.
  • Data exchange between organizations with extensive access controls and audit trail.
  • Out-of-the-box adapters that allow each entity to use the AMI technology that best suits its needs.
  • Support for business process change, without re-tooling in-place systems.

In addition to Alliant and AMS New Zealand, the Ontario IESO, CenterPoint Energy and SP AusNet are among early adopters using EnergyIP’s Extended Enterprise capabilities to enable multiple entities to participate together in the process of energy distribution.

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