The impact of the transition to renewables is being accompanied by fundamental changes in the energy industry. Smart grids play a key role in this process.
For metering point operators, this transition brings with it significant challenges: They must deal with new and previously unknown legal and regulatory requirements which are expensive to implement. Since the metering point operator not only runs the metering points but also serves as the gateway administrator, this requires a special security management system and a number of certificates.
For reasons of data protection and security, it is especially important to always guarantee the authenticity, confidentiality, and integrity of the data being processed. To this end the metering point operator must fulfill the provisions of the Measurement System Regulation (MsysV) and Technical Guideline for Smart Meter Gateways (TR-03109) issued by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). The IT department must also be certified according to ISO 27001.
Since the rollout of a new information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure as well as the implementation of new organizational and IT-based processes only make it possible to economical operate a dedicated IT system for the gateway administration if there are hundreds of thousands of metering points, outsourcing is often the less expensive and more efficient option.
Full-Service, Cost-Effective Management of Smart Meter Projects
In the future, utility companies will benefit from Arvato Systems as a full-service provider of gateway administration services based on a special gateway management system for all metering point operators. By utilizing economies of scale, among other things, Arvato Systems ensures the cost-effective implementation of gateway administrator services that support a high number of metering points.
Comprehensive Services at a Glance
Compliance with Regulation Requirements
Arvato Systems has many years of experience in the energy sector to help ensure implementation of the smart meter gateway administrative processes in compliance with the applicable regulations.
Far-Reaching Solution Based on Application Service Provisioning (ASP)
Drawing on its extensive experience in the efficient operation of security-relevant IT platforms, Arvato Systems provides an ASP-based gateway management system at a lower cost.
Extensive Services Available with Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
In the future, Arvato Systems will provide operational services for gateway administration in accordance with MsysV and TR-03109. As a result, the metering point operators can avoid the high cost of implementing new technologies and new processes at their companies.