Earlier this month HP announced a smart meter cloud service for the utility industry. This service underpins HP’s strategy to help utilities improve operational efficiency and accelerate transformation to a more customer- and service-centric delivery model.
This was based upon extensive experience in the design and creation of other large scale smart meter solutions in Europe and North America as well as solutions in the sensing and data gathering space. Since its foundation is to be a service, the whole charging mechanism is on a pay per meter basis. I guess that’s part of its cloud like nature. It should provide a secure and cost-effective pay as you go approach for utilities trying to modernize and be more effective and efficient, since it enables utilities to minimize the upfront investment required for a large scale roll-out of smart metering systems and reduces both risk and time-to-market. Research is underway to improve security in this space as well.
The use of machine-to-machine techniques to provide greater insight and controlis the tip of the iceberg for organizations making “everything smarter”, so these approaches will show up in every industry.