SAP Spotlights New Smart Grid Developments for More Energy Efficiency
Advanced Metering Infrastructure Solution from SAP Reaches General Availability; Utilities Dashboard Provides Insight to Carbon Emissions
WASHINGTON, D.C. - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced two key steps toward enabling a smart electric grid and energy efficiency: the general availability of its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution, SAP® AMI Integration for Utilities software, and a packaged dashboard developed in cooperation with StreamServe that displays cost-to-serve modeling and related carbon emissions impact. The announcement was made at CS Week, a customer service-focused conference for utilities being held in Washington, D.C., May 19-22.
With the immediate availability of SAP AMI Integration for Utilities, SAP also announced significant progress in the business integration of smart meters in the core processes of utility companies. The solution enables the efficient acquisition of metering data through MDUS (meter data unification and synchronization) systems and the management of bi-directional communication processes between smart devices and SAP® Business Suite software.
The packaged dashboard developed in cooperation with StreamServe provides utilities with the ability to monitor their costs to service their customers, modeling how to reduce these costs and the related environmental impact with reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
“The SAP AMI Integration for Utilities solution and the packaged dashboard tie-in closely with StreamServe’s Sustainability Program, which was also announced today at CS Week,” said Dennis Ladd, president and CEO, StreamServe. “Based on established benchmarks, these solutions enable utilities and their customers to improve cost-efficiencies and become far less reliant on the earth’s resources. We are proud to have worked with SAP and to have developed solutions that strive to support sustainability.”
The availability of SAP AMI Integration for Utilities will enable utilities to promote improved energy efficiencies to their customers by linking sales, service and billing processes within the market-leading SAP® Customer Relationship and Billing for Utilities package to the capabilities of AMI technology.
“The plan to revolutionize the nation’s electric grid will demand a serious commitment to upgrading the way utilities and consumers interact with one another,” said David Laker, senior vice president and general manager, Utilities Practice, SAP America, Inc. “These developments reflect our commitment to that goal as well as helping the nation’s utilities find ways to run leaner and more efficiently.”
“SAP’s collaboration with partners such as StreamServe is critical to helping utilities and their consumers prepare for the transition to the smart grid,” agreed Tom Raftery, analyst with GreenMonk. “SAP and its partner ecosystem can deliver a complete package of smart grid solutions, from the meter to the utility’s back office, that have mutual benefits for both companies and consumers.”
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