Gamma has been selected by IT and business process services provider CGI to play a key part in the roll-out of smart meters across the UK. Gamma’s next generation communications network will connect energy firms to the Data and Communications Company (DCC), enabling those companies to access the smart metering infrastructure.
Gamma’s element of the project is to provide the back-end communications, based on its own next generation MPLS network. This will allow business systems at gas and electricity suppliers, network operators and energy service companies to access the DCC, which provides access to the smart metering infrastructure.
Gamma is working as a sub-contractor to CGI, who will provide the data systems on behalf of DCC, which is at the heart of the British Smart Metering Implementation Programme. CGI is a global IT and business process services provider with 68,000 professionals delivering high-quality business consulting, systems integration and managed services.
Smart meters are an initiative by the UK Government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) aimed at helping consumers better understand their energy usage and help them save energy and money. An in-home display will show near real time energy consumption data and the associated cost – to encourage more efficient energy use.
Smart meters will also give suppliers access to accurate billing data, removing the need to read meters manually. The project will bring an end to estimated billing and allow consumers to make more informed choices of supplier when looking to secure the best energy deals.
The Government plans for every home and small business to have the opportunity to benefit from a smart meter by 2020. The communications infrastructure underpinning the smart meter project will use both wireless and fixed links. With an estimated more than 53 million end points it will be among the largest data networks in Europe.
Richard Bligh, Gamma’s marketing director said the company’s involvement in the smart meter project was further evidence of its ability to supply robust, reliable and value-for-money network solutions. “We were chosen for the project principally because we were able to respond quickly to CGI’s requirement. They clearly saw that they could have confidence in us to deliver what we promised and we are proud to be associated with an innovative, nationwide project that will potentially benefit every household and small business in the country.”
Tara McGeehan, Vice-President Utilities, CGI UK added: “Gamma’s technology is a key part of the communications to the DCC User Gateway and the rollout of the Smart Meter programme which will help to establish a more reliable and secure nationwide electricity supply to consumers. This is a great step towards delivering the DCC solution.”
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 68,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as a wide range of proprietary solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$18 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). www.cgi.com