SMDA Newsletter – Quarterly Update

Dear All,

We hope everyone is well.

Over the last three months, the Scheme has been moving forward with device assurance and aligning with industry changes. All three device types (ESMEs, GSMEs and PPMIDs) have been awarded Full Assurance with two GSME devices and one ESME device being awarded Full Assurance with no tolerable issues. This is a milestone for the Scheme as it shows that all the obstacles to Full Assurance have been removed and the Scheme would therefore encourage manufacturers to contact SMDASO@gemserv.com for more information on submitting devices for testing.

The Scheme has also published three baselines which can now be tested against:

  • the November 2019 SEC Release Baseline;
  • the November 2020 SEC Release Baseline; and,
  • the November 2021 SEC Release Baseline.

As no changes were required to align with the June 2022 SEC Release, the Scheme aligns with the most recent industry requirements, and will continue to review changes for the November 2022 SEC Release.

In addition, the Scheme has successfully tested six Communication (Comms) Hub variants for independent testing. SMDA testing provides further assurances to industry that DCC Comms Hubs are performing correctly, and issues can be identified in parallel to User Integrated Testing (UIT).

Furthermore, an independent review has been commissioned by the SEC Panel, to assess the scope of the Scheme and its value to the wider industry. The project brief was reviewed by the SEC Panel on 17th June 2022 and the project is expected to be completed in September 2022. The outcomes of this review will determine the long-term objectives of the Scheme.

The Scheme would also like to formally notify Parties that the SMDA Company was dissolved on 7th June 2022. This completes the transition of SMDA into the SEC.

The Scheme has also been increasing communication and visibility to industry by presenting updates on progress at the following meetings:

  • Other SEC Party meetings
  • Small Supplier SEC meetings
  • Energy and Utilities Alliance Joint Manufacturer Meetings
  • BEIS Independent Supplier Forum
  • Community of Meter Asset Providers
  • Introduction to the SEC webinar
  • UK Metering Forum

Finally, the Scheme continues to implement improvements based on the feedback received from interested parties. The next focus is to update the process for changing the SMDA test scripts, by including an industry consultation, as well as updating the SMDA Exemption Guidance.

If you have any comments or questions please contact SMDASO@gemserv.com.

This newsletter will also be published on the SMDA website here.

Best Wishes

Kunal Sharma, Head of SMDA Scheme

SMDA Newsletter – Update to the SMDA Tolerated Issues for Partial and Full Assurance

Dear All,

Following the SMDA Management Panel Sub-Group (MPSG) meeting in May and March 2022, the following documents have been updated:

  • SMDA-246 – Tolerated Issues for Partial Assurance
  • SMDA-252 – Tolerated Issues for Full Assurance

The MPSG agreed that three issues shall be tolerated:

AverageRMSVoltageMeasurementPeriod

  • An issue was found whereby the lower limit value for the AverageRMSVoltageMeasurementPeriod set by a manufacturer (1800 seconds) is longer than the value, for the same parameter, used in SMDA testing (60 seconds).
  • A failure is caused in testing as the device requires a longer voltage event before a threshold breach is recorded.
  • The value for this parameter is currently not an explicit requirement codified in either Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS) and Great Britain Companion Specification (GBCS).
  • Tolerated as common issue as it is due to be clarified with the implementation of SEC Modification MP085A as part of the November 2022 SEC Release.
  • Applicable for both Full and Partial Assurance testing.

Zero Value Top Up

  • Issue found whereby a device fails to process a top-up command when it is credited with a top-up value of £0.00, and instead rejects the command
  • As there is no material impact expected, this issue was tolerated as a device specific issue
  • Only be tolerated during Partial Assurance testing.

Change of Network Operators – Execution Counters

  • Failure due to the originator counters in the command itself failing validation; the counter was smaller than the Remote Party Sequence Number.
  • Tolerated as common issue based on GBCS requirements and BEIS’ response on the BEIS issue log.
  • Applicable for both Full and Partial Assurance testing.

The latest versions of these documents are now available on the SMDA Website here and are referenced in the SMDA Baselines available on the website.

If you have any comments or questions please contact SMDASO@gemserv.com.

Best Wishes

Kunal Sharma, Head of SMDA Scheme

SMDA Newsletter – Publication of SMDA November 2021 SEC Release Baselines

Dear All,

The Scheme is pleased to announce that the baseline for Full Assurance testing against the November 2021 SEC Release has now been published and is available on the SMDA website here.

If you have any comments or questions please contact SMDASO@gemserv.com.

Best Wishes

Kunal Sharma, Head of SMDA Scheme

SMDA Newsletter – Publication of SMDA November 2020 SEC Release Baselines

Dear All,

The Scheme is pleased to announce that the baselines for Partial and Full Assurance testing against the November 2020 SEC Release have now been published and are available on the SMDA website here.

If you have any comments or questions please contact SMDASO@gemserv.com.

Best WisheS

Kunal Sharma, Head of SMDA Scheme

SMDA Update – First GSME device awarded SMDA Full Assurance with no common issues

Dear all,

SMDA is pleased to report that the first GSME device has been awarded SMDA Full Assurance with no common issues.

This is a major milestone for the Scheme as Full Assurance has now been awarded to all three device types (ESME, GSME & PPMID/IHD) and this is the first device to successfully pass all 300+ SMDA tests.

SMDA testing covers 67% of all SMETS2 requirements, providing confidence to MAPs and Suppliers that a device is compliant with the interoperability and interchangeability requirements.

Furthermore, Manufacturers are advised that all new devices submitted for testing will be automatically tested against the Full Assurance baseline as the Scheme transitions away from Partial Assurance.

Please let us know if you require any assistance with SMDA testing by contacting SMDASO@gemserv.com.

Best Wishes

Kunal Sharma, Head of SMDA Scheme

SMDA Update – November 2019 SEC Release Baseline for Full and Partial Assurance

Dear all,

SMDA would like to advise that the November 2019 SEC Release Baseline for both Full Assurance and Partial Assurance have been updated and are now available on the SMDA website here.

This follows feedback from manufacturers and the SEC Panel that the previous baselines were outdated and contained errors. The Scheme has therefore taken this opportunity to revise the November 2019 SEC Release Baselines to make them clearer and simpler to understand.

The Scheme also recognises that Parties have requested more transparency on the SMDA testing requirements and are working to provide this. The Scheme Operator will be reaching out to device manufacturers to fully understand exactly what they are seeking in order to provide the level of detail being requested.

If you have any comments or feedback regarding the updated Baselines, please contact SMDASO@gemserv.com.

Best Wishes

Kunal Sharma, Head of SMDA Scheme

SMDA Newsletter – SMDA Sub-Committee Election

Dear all,

On 8th February 2022, SEC Parties were advised that the election for three roles on the SMDA Sub-Committee (SMDASC), each serving a term of 24 months, had commenced.

These roles included:

  • One Large Supplier role represented from the Large Supplier SEC Party constituency
  • One Manufacturer role represented from the Other SEC Party constituency
  • One additional MAP role represented from the Other SEC Party constituency

The SMDASC is the decision-making body for the SMDA Scheme, overseeing the Scheme and discussing commercial aspects of the Scheme. It ensures that the SMDA testing services are aligned with industry and delegates technical responsibilities to the Management Panel Sub-Group for investigation.

The SMDASC meets every two months, and members are responsible for making key decisions and recommendations to the SEC Panel in relation to scheme project spending.

If you wish to nominate yourself or a prospective candidate, please complete the online Election form, available once logged in to the SEC website, by 5pm Thursday 3rd March 2022. If you do not have a SEC website account, you can register here.

Following this time, if only one candidate is nominated for a position they will be elected and appointed. If more than one candidate is nominated, a 10 Working Day vote will be instigated. If there is a tie following the vote, the SMDASC Chair will cast the deciding vote to elect a candidate.

Best Wishes

Kunal Sharma, Head of SMDA Scheme

SMDA Update – Full Assurance

Dear all,

SMDA is pleased to announce that Full Assurance has been awarded to three devices. All devices are PPMID’s with two awarded assurance against the November 19 Release baseline and the other against the Release 1 baseline. All the devices are now registered on the SMDA Device Assurance Register (DAR).

This is a major milestone for the Scheme and something that we have been working to achieve from the outset.

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved, from the Management Panel Sub-Group who helped define the tolerable issues, the device manufacturers who have submitted their devices for testing, the SMDA Sub-Committee who continuously pushed the Scheme to develop and the SMDA Test House for undertaking testing and liaising with device manufacturers to achieve this milestone.

This is a great time to submit your devices for Full Assurance testing, if you are interested, please contact the Test House – Critical Software at smdalab@criticalsoftware.com.

Please contact smdaso@gemserv.com if you have any questions on the information provided in this update.

Best Wishes

Kunal Sharma, Head of SMDA Scheme

SMDA Newsletter – February Update

We hope everyone has had a good start to the new year! While we know last year was another tough year for everyone, the Scheme underwent some beneficial changes which we hope to continue this year to better the Scheme and its Parties.

Achievements and Future Goals

As we focus on the new year and the near future, we also want to reflect on the accomplishments of last year:

 

Full Assurance

One of the next steps is awarding Full Assurance and we recently provided some key information for manufacturers to encourage device submissions. This includes an updated full assurance baseline, together with an updated Common Tolerated Issues log, and a decision tree which hopefully makes it simpler to understand which route to go down in order for devices to achieve full assurance. More information can be found here.

Device Testing

The testing fees model has been updated for new devices. 50% of the testing fee will be required at the start of testing and the remaining 50% will be required once Full Assurance has been awarded.

At the start of testing, manufacturers are required to submit their device and relavent certificates to proceed with testing. During the testing process, manufacturers will be provided with regular updates and will be notified if any issues are found during testing. Testing timescales can vary depending on the type of device submitted. Please refer here for more details on the testing timescales.

If an issue is identified, the Test House will review the outcome of the test and try to identify the failing element. Once identified, a ticket is issued to the manufacturer with DUIS xml level information. If further investigation is required the Test House can rerun testing using a debugging tool, though this is limited as to not effect testing timescales.

Depending on the issue, testing timescales may be delayed while the manufacturer proceeds with the exemption process or an issue is referred to the SMDA Management Panel Sub-Group. During the exemption process, manufacturers can to either retest devices or submit self-evidence to the Test House to prove that the device issues have been resolved, reducing fees and timescales.

SMDA Company Board Closure

As part of the transition into the Smart Energy Code (SEC), the governance structure of SMDA has resided within the SEC since January 2021. The SMDA Sub-Committee has been meeting every two months and reports into the SEC Panel.

The SMDA Company (Co.) Board has also continued to meet over the last 12 months to complete its final wind down activities in anticipation of the closure of the company. It is expected that the SMDA Co. will close in April 2022.

All Parties are to be formally notified via a separate communication in the coming days.

SMDA Sub-Committee Election

The Scheme will shortly be initiating an election for three roles on the SMDA Sub-Committee each for a term of 24 months:

  • One Large Supplier role represented from the Large Supplier SEC Party constituency
  • One Manufacturer role represented from the Other SEC Party constituency
  • One additional MAP role represented from the Other SEC Party constituency

Communications will be circulated to the Other SEC Parties and Large Suppliers inviting them to submit nominees for these positions. Parties will have 15 Working Days to submit their nominations.

Further information regarding the SMDA Sub-Committee as well as the Terms of Reference is available on the SEC website here.

On a final note, this issue of the newsletter is dedicated to Audrey Gallacher OBE, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy of Energy UK. Audrey’s participation and contribution to the Scheme has helped the Scheme reach its current potential and we will continue to strive in her memory.

Please contact smdaso@gemserv.com if you have any questions on the information provided in this update.

Best Wishes

Kunal Sharma, Head of SMDA Scheme