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Questionnaire: Determining your metering needs and project environment

Electrical Engineer installing smart meter
 

In order to get you started on the Wattics platform, it is crucial to get a better understanding of the hardware i.e. metering devices you are currently working with, or have installed at your facility/premises or project site.

We have put together a brief questionnaire will help the team at Wattics identify the most effective and cost-efficient method(s) to get your data to our energy management and analytics platform, according to your project requirements and purposes.

Please read the statement below and follow the questions as they apply to your use case:

*Note that the following statement and questions assume that you have meter devices installed. If you do not have any metering installed, and seeking the hardware component in addition to the Wattics platform, kindly skip to Section C.

Section A

Does the following statement apply to you?

I have power meters installed at my facility/premises or project site.

A. Are they utility meters?

If yes, Wattics advises to connect with the utility provider to establish the following:

  • Can they enable push data to a 3rd party?
  • Can they generate CSV files and push data via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) or send via email?
  • Do they have API to request data?

In the UK, we work with data collectors who can enable data push to Wattics from utility meters.

 

If no, move onto Section B

Section B

B. If you are not working with utility meters, are you currently working with smart meters?

If yes – you are working with smart meters:

B.1. Are they connected to a BMS (Building Management System)?

If no, and your smart meters are not connected to a BMS, move onto question B2.

If yes, your smart meters are connected to a BMS, please follow on to the questions below:

  • Can the BMS generate CSV files?
  • Does it have API to request data?
  • Can it push data via API in JSON format?

If your answer is yes to any of the questions listed above, we can work your existing data sheets and set up file integration between your BMS and Wattics without the installation of additional hardware.

If your is no to the questions listed above, then we might suggest the installation of a gateway device to convert data and send to our cloud-based energy management platform.

 

B.2. Are your smart meters connected to a database/local default software?

If no, and your smart meters are not connected to a database/local default software, move onto question B3.

If yes, and your smart meters are connected to a database/local default software, please follow on to the questions below:

  • Can this system generate CSV files?
  • Does it have API to request data?
  • Can it push data via API in JSON format?

If your answer is yes to any of the questions listed above, we can work your existing data sheets and set up file integration between your software and Wattics without the installation of additional hardware.

If your is no to the questions listed above, then we might suggest the installation of a gateway device to convert data and send to our cloud-based energy management platform.

 

B.3. If your smart meters aren’t connected to a BMS or a database/local default software:

  • What is the brand and model?
  • Are they connected to a gateway?
  • Can your meter/gateway send data CSV files via email?

Once you have established the brand and model of your meters, and checked whether they are connected to a gateway or not, the next step is to contact Wattics to find out how we can read the data from your existing hardware.

There are various options we may consider or suggest depending on your specific needs:

  1. If your device is one that we currently support, we will share instructions on how to point your data to the Wattics platform
  2. If required, we might suggest a suitable gateway to install that can be connected to your smart meters (1 gateway can be connected to 10-20 meters and send data to a cloud) (Requires time to place and receive a hardware order before installation). Installation is managed by you and/or your team and should be done by a qualified electrician(s).
  3. If a suitable gateway isn’t found from our list of devices, but can send CSV files via FTP or CSV, we might develop an FTP parser or email bot, to read the file format from your device. This will require additional time for project specification, development and testing and additional once off fee.
  4. We might develop an API integration with the device database, or you might develop an API to push data to Wattics. This might require additional time for project specification, development and testing and additional once off fee if the Wattics team time is involved.
  5. We might suggest replacing smart meters with new ones. We will in all cases opt not to replace existing hardware, however in exceptional cases, installing meters with direct integration with Wattics, would be more cost-effective than installing additional gateways.

The cost and timelines for the all the options above are discussed on a project-by-project basis.

How to deploy smart meter

Section C

Does the following statement apply to you?

I don’t have meters installed and would like to find out more about the hardware options available to me through Wattics.

If yes,

Step 1

The first step toward selecting the most suitable hardware for your project, is a preliminary discussion about technical specifications and project outcomes eg. how many circuits are to be monitored? What is the main purpose and goal of the project? What would you like to achieve?

Step 2

Step 2 entails conducting a site survey defining how many channels need to be monitored; how many devices are needed; determine if local Ethernet is available or they need use mobile internet GPRS etc.

[Related: Here’s the Wattics 5-Step Guide How to Do a Site Survey in the Most Effective Way]

Step 3

Once we have a full specification for the project, we will suggest the appropriate smart meters which would be simple and easy to connect to our energy management platform. Wattics has partnered with with some of the largest meter manufacturers to deliver cost-effective hardware solutions for your project.

We have put together a basic guide to help you get a better idea of which meters and other hardware devices i.e. gateways would be recommended depending on your requirements and technical set-up.

Step 4

Following the hardware order, it will take approximately 1-3 weeks for the order to be delivered to you. Once your hardware has arrived, you and/or your team/project owner need to arrange the electrician visit and hardware installation on site.

Your pre-configured meters will start sending data to Wattics once they have been successfully installed.

If you would like to learn more about how we can get your data to Wattics from your existing hardware and/or would like to earn more about our turnkey solutions, please contact us using the details below:


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