Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has outsourced some of its smart metering processes to Logica. The IT services firm will provide the communications between smart meters and SSE, manage the data collected and create pre-payment systems.
Two-way communication capabilities will enable SSE to engage with its customers about their energy consumption.
The UK Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP) aims to help users manage their energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has put out a notice to IT suppliers informing them to be ready to bid for work in its plan to introduce smart meters to UK homes, businesses and public sector organisations. Smart meters are expected to start rolling out to the mass market in 2014.