Change and innovation for both the turnaround in energy policy and multiple services through secure service gateways„Service gateways“ project proposal
An integration strategy will be needed as a basis for all upcoming technical developments. The integration can occur with an overall strategy for networking functions, objects and processes. Experts unanimously agree that the required system integration can be carried out through modern and secure IT networking. In science (e.g. acatech studies), there are confirmed preliminary considerations for the upcoming smart grid and smart building/smart home.
With this knowledge, we suggest that the fundamental development process for the future network components be promoted in a determined and substantiated manner. With regard to the device-related demands, μWEB technology already offers all of the required functions. Extensive considerations still have to be made regarding the development of efficient processes. One example concerns contracts and determining obligations, authorisations, warranties and liabilities for future ecosystems. In doing so, the assigned rights and obligations must closely consider the involved actors’ motives and propensity to invest.
In preparation for the rollout of smart metering, a system concept has been outlined which considers the criteria for the future network (see also technical guideline TR03109 - BSI). In forming the system, the principles should apply throughout because this is the only way to create a favourable economic situation with multiple use and reuse of the system.
The networking system’s improved capability results from the following criteria:
1. System quality
Operability, interoperability and availability can meet the demands of a modern IT infrastructure of the future. In addition, the function and process patterns can be aligned to the primary regulatory framework.
2. System range
The application purpose is aligned with multiple requirements. In addition to the reading of electricity consumption rates, the delivery of gas, water and heat are handled with the same levels of priority. This is reflected in the comprehensive design of the process patterns and data models.
The drastically extended system coverage strengthens the usefulness and value of the system. Revenue profiles are determined when the system is being designed. The efficiency of the system increases with each application that can be realised with the new infrastructure. The continued reuse of the same infrastructure creates a short-term return on investment.
The revenue potential of the system increases in steps from 20 EUR per residential unit up to 200-300 EUR per residential unit. This makes for a sustainable step into the future.