End-to-end Testing Update

Since the launch of the SMDA testing service, the Scheme Operator and Test House have been carrying out end-to-end tests with real devices to confirm testing operations and ensure potential issues are resolved in advance of assurance testing.

All Test House systems are operational with real ESME, GSME and Display devices installed and commissioned at the Test House lab using CSP Central & South and North Communication Hubs. Full test suite testing is almost complete, with final outstanding issues being resolved.

The Test House has announced that, in view of the positive response received to the Early Mover Fixed Fee service, plus latest manufacturer forecasts, they have increased the number of test engineers in the lab to cater for forecast demand.

Ready to Start Testing?

The service is available for electricity and gas smart metering equipment, in-home displays and pre-payment metering interface devices.

The key benefit of obtaining SMDA assurance is that the scheme provides a degree of assurance that devices comply with the Scheme requirements related to the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specification (SMETS), and ensure smart meter equipment will work effectively and interchangeably in a smart environment.

Manufacturers who wish to commence testing of smart metering devices are invited to contact NMi Certin B.V., the appointed SMDA Test House at smda@nmi.nl.

A Pre-testing service is also now available. This allows Manufacturers to test specific areas of interest, before they commit to full SMDA assurance testing.

Kicking Off SMDA Testing

Thanks to a collaborative industry effort, and with funds provided by the Meter Asset Provider community, the SMDA Scheme was able to launch an “Early Mover Fixed Fee” service just before Christmas, for Manufacturers wishing to test their devices from the start of the operational services.

The offer made to Manufacturers currently ready to test their devices, is that they pay their Initial Testing Fee only, with the cost of issue analysis and re-testing sourced from a central fund. This benefits Manufacturers as they have certainty over the total cost of testing their device. The Scheme also benefits by having the opportunity to flush out any central issues for the benefit of later participants.

The service has attracted significant interest from manufacturers and has proven to be the catalyst for testing to commence. Eight devices, across all device types (ESME, GSME and Display Devices), were selected, and testing has now commenced.

How to become an SMDA Member

Membership of SMDA is open to Manufacturers, Suppliers and Meter Asset Providers, and offers a variety of benefits: –

Access to SMDA Documentation

  • Full access to all scheme documents and procedures, including traceability matrix.
  • Access to Test Specifications.

Access to Test Reports

  • Manufacturers provided with a Test Report upon completion of testing.
  • Supplier members provided with SMDA Test Reports where evidence of testing required by OFGEM, through a governed process.

Access to the Device Assurance Register (DAR)

  • Listed devices are accessible, with key features such as: – make, model, SMDA baseline version, SMETS version.
  • Full details of baseline and device history limited to members section only.

Scheme Governance

  • Input into scheme governance, including defining testing requirements and scope.
  • Updates on testing progress.
  • Representation on SMDA Co Board and Working Group.

Test Fees

  • Discounted fees for members.

Membership Fees

  • Joining Fee – £2,500 + VAT
  • Annual Subscription Fee – £250 + VAT

To become an SMDA member, please click here to download the SMDA Application Form and Membership Joining Pack. The completed application form, along with any enquiries relating to SMDA membership, should be directed to the SMDA Scheme Operator by emailing smdaso@gemserv.com.

Launch of SMDA Testing Service

The SMDA Scheme Operator (SO) is delighted to announce the launch of the Smart Metering Device Assurance (SMDA) testing service.

Rosie McGlynn, the Chair of the SMDA Company said:
“SMDA Co. is delighted with the launch of the SMDA scheme services, which marks a significant milestone in the smart metering roll out plans. The SMDA scheme is result of a successful cross-industry cooperation and will provide confidence to consumers, suppliers, manufactures and financiers that smart metering equipment will work effectively in a smart environment.”

Gemserv was appointed as the SMDA SO in January 2015 following a competitive tender and is working in a delivery consortium with TÜV SÜD, CACI Ltd, NMi Certin B.V. and Critical Software to establish and deliver SMDA as an independent assurance scheme encompassing interoperability and interchangeability testing for smart metering equipment.

Alex Goody, Executive Director at Gemserv Ltd said:“The SMDA scheme fulfils an important role in the GB smart metering rollout in providing assurance that smart metering equipment is both interoperable and interchangeable, helping to make a future digitalised energy market work. We’ve already signed the first testing contracts with early movers and look forward to the first devices achieving SMDA Assurance later this year.”

The service is now available for electricity smart metering equipment, gas smart metering equipment, in-home displays and pre-payment metering interface devices. Manufacturers who wish to commence testing of their smart metering devices are invited to contact NMi Certin B.V, the appointed SMDA Test House.

Henri Schouten, Business Development Manager – Utilities at NMi Certin B.V., added: “Following the appointment of NMi Certin B.V as the SMDA Test House in late 2016, we are now delighted to welcome the smart device manufacturers to our testing laboratory in Southampton. We are looking forward to working with the meter manufacturers to help them bring SMDA assured devices to the UK market.”

Applications for testing can be made to the SMDA Test House via www.nmi.nl/smda or by contacting NMi Certin B.V. via smda@nmi.nl.

More information about the SMDA can be found on www.smda-scheme.co.uk or by contacting SMDA SO via SMDAenquiries@gemserv.com.

Appointment of NMI as the SMDA Test House

The SMDA Scheme Operator (SO) is delighted to announce the appointment of NMi Certin B.V. to provide the testing services for the Smart Metering Device Assurance (SMDA) scheme. SMDA is an independent assurance scheme to encompass interoperability and interchangeability testing for smart metering equipment. This scheme will provide assurance to consumers, suppliers and financiers that smart metering equipment will work effectively in a smart environment. Gemserv was appointed as the SMDA SO in January 2015 following a competitive tender.

NMi Certin B.V. is an internationally recognised test house and with an excellent reputation for independent testing and certification across a range of industries. For delivering the SMDA testing services to GB market, NMi will be working with Critical Software – a system, software and data engineering company who are already well established in the GB smart metering space.

David Thorne, Gemserv’s Chief Executive said:“We are delighted to welcome NMi to the delivery consortium for the SMDA scheme. In our role as the SMDA Scheme Operator, we have undertaken an extensive and robust procurement process to ensure that the best outcome is delivered to the industry. We are very much looking forward to working with NMi and Critical Software over the next few years to offer the SMDA assurance service to the industry.”

Over the coming months, the SO will be working with the NMi to complete the necessary readiness activities with a view to commence testing in early Q2 of 2017.

Rosie McGlynn, the Chair of the SMDA Co, responded: “SMDA Co. is very pleased with the appointment of NMi as the Scheme’s Test House, which marks a significant milestone on the road to the launch of the SMDA scheme’s testing services. The focus now is on completing the necessary readiness activities so that the SMDA assurance services can be provided to the industry in support of the mass roll-out of smart meters and related devices.”

Please contact SMDA SO for any further questions you may have via SMDAenquiries@gemserv.com.