The MeterOnline system has been in operation since 2005 and has users including major PLCs and
The principle of the system is to collect data from Smart Meters
at various locations and make readings available to subscribers via a central web portal.
Typically the readings are sent from GSM enabled Smart Electricity
Meters specially installed to monitor electricity supplies or
micro-generation systems. Readings are communicated from the meters
to the MeterOnline servers via M2M links with the mobile phone network.
The MeterOnline web portal then provides facilities to manage, display and
distribute the data to subscribers as required via the Internet.
A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE OF REMOTE MONITORING WOULD BE AS FOLLOWS...
A Housing Association needs to monitor 800 solar PV installations
in order to claim the Feed in Tariff
The installation contractor fits a Smart Meter, instead of the standard
generation meter on each system
All the meters are automatically read on a regular basis via the MeterOnline
system, and can be checked online
The MeterOnline system automatically assembles the data in one spreadsheet
to make the feed in tariff claim
The operation of all systems is monitored and if one system ceases to
generate an alert is sent so maintenance can be undertaken
A continuous record of readings can be assembled for long term
TO SUMMARISE, THE FEATURES THE ONLINE METERING SERVICE PROVIDES INCLUDE...
Accounts for multiple meters (user can establish as many accounts
as required down to one per meter)
Meter groups within accounts (buildings, projects etc)
Database of meter information - location etc
List of current readings in account (this is the main account view)
Export of account data in any required format - Includes Good Energy
Self registration of meters using meter number and security code
Individual meter ("dashboard") displays with readings and various
Instantaneous readings from meter on demand
Automatic email facilities
Reports (Electricity bill etc)
Alerts - low generation - high consumption
Energy generated display (can be used as a public display on a project)
Read only account password
Individual meter data access (for end customers - limited so other meters
can't be seen)
Customised version with re-sellers colours, name, logo etc
Ongoing improvement policy - if a feature is required it can be scheduled into
updates if generally useful (at no cost to the customer)