Delivering the rollout of smart meters

Delivering the rollout of smart meters

The UK’s energy sector has been set a target to offer smart electricity and gas meters to all consumers across the UK by 2020, as part of a Government initiative to lower the carbon footprint and help to reduce household energy bills.

NPower, one of the Big 6 energy suppliers, are in the process of rolling out SMETS1 (first generation) and SMETS2 (cross-supplier compatible) smart meters to their 5 million customers.

I provided test consultancy and analysis services across the smart metering team, working on the equipment (including communications hubs, meters and in-home displays) and communications network.

The UK’s energy sector has been set a target to offer smart electricity and gas meters to all consumers across the UK by 2020, as part of a Government initiative to lower the carbon footprint and help to reduce household energy bills.

NPower, one of the Big 6 energy suppliers, are in the process of rolling out SMETS1 (first generation) and SMETS2 (cross-supplier compatible) smart meters to their 5 million customers.

I provided test consultancy and analysis services across the smart metering team, working on the equipment (including communications hubs, meters and in-home displays) and communications network.

Key responsibilities:

Working with hardware in the test lab

Including smart electricity and gas meters, communications hubs, handheld terminals, IHDs and supplementary lab equipment.

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Test progress reporting

Continual progress reporting for senior project personnel, using industry-standard management tools and working in an Agile team.

Integrating physical hardware and IT software

Working with energy suppliers and distributors to integrate their testing into the smart metering solution.

Working in the technical team

I was part of the technical testing team of eight staff, working collaboratively in a fast-paced Agile environment using Kanban.

Working collaboratively with suppliers