National Information Solutions Cooperative has released its Meter Data Management System v.1.4 for utility use. The service is an affordable solution for utilities, large and small, that need an accurate and efficient way to convert AMI data into useful operational, billing and consumer information.
The NISC MDMS base offering provides utilities the following features:
- data hosting on proven, secure, scalable servers,
- data "cleansing" through industry standard VEE (verification, estimation and editing)
- ability to process data from the most widely-used smart metering systems (AMI),
- a full integration with NISC's iVUE, as well as other customer billing systems,
- user-friendly consumer and CSR presentment tool for analyzing the usage data
- support for time-based rate structures using interval data,
- an interface with Google's PowerMeter,
- integrated weather degree data for comparison, and individual alert and filtering capabilities.
At Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC), Jordan, Minnesota, site of the pilot test, NISC's MDMS has become a performer. "NISC's MDMS is meeting our business needs today, and positions us to accomplish our objectives in the future," said Ryan Hentges, the co-op's Vice President of Corporate Services. MVEC is using NISC MDMS across its entire system of 41,000 meters, with 38,000 currently served by MDMS. According to Dan Wilbanks, NISC's Chief Operating Officer, "When NISC MDMS is fully deployed at MVEC, we will process and store more than 900,000 readings a day for the co-op."