The software will help monitor and manage smart meter networks for energy, water and gas utilities and will also helps organizations to optimize their buildings’ energy and equipment efficiency.
David Bartlett, IBM vice president of Industry Solutions says, “The proliferation of computing power into more and more devices, buildings and infrastructures is driving new levels of insight and operational efficiency for organizations around the globe. From rail lines criss-crossing a country, utilities with thousands of miles of pipeline to hospitals with tens of thousands of clinical devices, we can put technology into places that you never could before and glean actionable intelligence.”
With an estimated 300 million smart meters expected to be in use within just a few years’ time, IBM’s Intelligent Metering Network Management will help utilities monitor and manage smart meter events, alarms, and data. The software takes data captured from smart meters then correlates it to enable operational improvements.
When data falls outside the normal patterns, the software automatically alerts customer service to take the appropriate actions. By doing this, IBM software can help detect and even prevent network faults. The solution is highly scalable and capable of monitoring millions of devices.
IBM reports it is integrating this offering with Trilliant and other business partners’ smart grid communications systems “to offer a more flexible and complete solution that is proven and ready to create immediate business value for utility customers worldwide.”
IBM has also made its smarter buildings software available to clients in an open beta release. The solution combines real-time monitoring and analysis, facilities and space management capabilities, and advanced dynamic dashboards to assist property owners and managers reduce facilities operations and energy expense. In all, this solution is expected to reduce energy consumption by as much as 35 to 40 percent.