20 March 2012 – An open and interoperable smart grid / advanced metering infrastructure system has been installed and is fully live at the Rand Aid Luxury Retirement Village in Modderfontain, Johannesburg in South Africa.

The implementation was done by Kamstrup’s South African partner and system integrator Livewire Engineering & Consulting in Cape Town. This took six weeks, including integration between Livewire’s Meter Data Management (MDM) system and Kamstrup’s head-end UtiliDriver and delivery of a Kamstrup Radio Mesh Network, concentrators and single- and three phase smart meters.

The project was executed in conjunction with Station 7 from Johannesburg. Livewire’s MDM system has a primary focus on managing interval data, but also provides market data delivery files enabling functions such as energy data validation, editing and estimation.

Attie van Jaarsveldt, project manager from Livewire Engineering and Consulting, says, “The task of integrating our MDM solution with Kamstrup’s head-end UtiliDriver was straightforward.” The customer will be able to view daily 30 minute energy profiles per residence unit or group of residences in ranking format. The system helps with accurate billing and cost allocation per residence and common areas.

General sales manager at Kamstrup, Hans Peter Kyk, says, “We are seeing a lot of potential here in South Africa for our Advanced Metering Infrastructure solution. With a number of smart metering projects already up and running in South Africa we are well under way with our wireless system here.”

The total system enables the end customer to benefit from real time data and a detailed overview of the energy consumption. Apart from the obvious advantages like identifying electricity-guzzling appliances and the automatic managing of the complicated South African tariff system, the AMI is also the first step towards a true smart grid that will strengthen demand side management. A stable flow of information will contribute to stabilising the energy supply and the billing to residential areas.