EDMI adds Sense intelligence to smart meters

  • June 20, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Massachusetts-based Sense’s real-time intelligence is to run on Australian firm EDMI’s smart meters to accelerate energy transition in Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Sense and EDMI are collaborating to deliver smart meters that will accelerate the energy transition, engage customers and materially reduce the costs of running the energy system.

Sense’s real time home intelligence software, running on EDMI meters will bring intelligence to the grid edge. These will be the first smart meters in the Apac and Emea regions capable of sampling data at 1MHz. With this resolution, enhanced propositions are made possible: grid faults can be identified and localised with greater finesse; devices can be detected with better precision; and utilities can expand margins.

The combination of higher resolution and real-time intelligence at the grid edge could unlock opportunities for Sense and EDMI customers. Retailers will be able to offer engaging services and energy insights to their customers, access domestic flexibility at scale, optimise power management across the home, and improve their power purchasing with detailed forecasting.

Networks should benefit with real-time grid edge insight and the ability to identify and locate problems on the grid such as vegetation brush and corrosion. Most importantly, consumers will benefit from a real-time application. They will be able to determine how much energy individual appliances consume in real time, save money on their bills and reduce their carbon footprint.

“EDMI’s focus on partnerships in this region has been the cornerstone of our success,” said Brett Reid, executive director for EDMI in Australia and New Zealand. “It is through partnerships like these that EDMI will be best placed to provide significant support to address the challenges and opportunities faced as the move towards carbon net zero gathers momentum.”

Sense-enabled EDMI smart meters could significantly reduce the cost of managing the energy system and delivering the energy transition.

EDMI is the largest meter supplier in Australia and a major provider in the Asia Pacific region and Emea. EDMI has deployed over 30 million smart devices across more than 100 countries.

“By incorporating the advanced technology developed by Sense, EDMI continues to build on its reputation as a provider of reliable innovations.” said Dene Bannister, EDMI’s ANZ regional head of sales. “Sense’s leading machine-learning software for smart meters promises to unlock new capabilities for our customers.”

Michael Jary, Sense’s managing director across Apac and Emea, added: “Sense software is the most cost-effective investment that can be made in the energy transition. For instance, using real-time device detection, Sense can detect the highest consuming appliances in the home, and help consumers turn down specific devices during peak demand. Eighteen per cent reductions in load are possible, almost three times greater than previous best in class. For Australia, implementing Sense on smart meters would be the equivalent of adding 2.4GW to peak capacity; that’s as much as three coal power stations. We’re delighted to be partnering with EDMI, one of the leading smart meter manufacturers in the world, to bring this technology to more homes.”

The rapid adoption of smart meters will build intelligence into millions of homes. According to market intelligence firm Guidehouse, the global penetration of smart meters will climb from approximately 44 per cent at the end of 2020 to 56 per cent by the end of 2028, resulting in over 1.2 billion devices globally.

Founded in 2013 by pioneers in speech recognition, Sense uses machine-learning technology to provide real-time insights on device behaviour, even for devices that are not smart.

EDMI was established originally as EDMQ in Australia, finding early penetration into the metering industry with its Mk1 electronic revenue meter. EDMI is now owned by Osaki Electric, a Japanese metering provider.