Centrica, a UK-based integrated energy company, has launched a smart metering pilot project using the OSIsoft Meter Data Unification and Synchronization (MDUS) system. The system, designed in collaboration with SAP, provides integration with the SAP for Utilities solution portfolio.

OSIsoft MDUS is based on its PI System, an enterprise infrastructure for management of time-series data and events.

Centrica is implementing a high-speed, high-volume meter data handling system that will work with SAP for Utilities, particularly SAP AMI Integration for Utilities software.

OSIsoft said that its MDUS was selected because it has the flexibility to support the requirements of their British Gas retail group in the UK market.

The OSIsoft MDUS stores electricity and gas usage meter data and meter events. In addition, the OSIsoft MDUS system is an SAP-endorsed business offerings.

Products endorsed by SAP are complementary to SAP software offerings, are developed in accordance with SAP development guidelines, and provide additional choices and flexibility for businesses running SAP applications, the company said.

Petter Allison, director for smart metering at British Gas, said: “OSIsoft’s MDUS system is positioned to be a core technology for smart metering at British Gas, and we will be able to leverage the time-series data management infrastructure across other areas of the company.

“This makes it a strategic product for the company. We chose OSIsoft MDUS for its performance, scalability and high availability as well as OSIsoft’s ability to assist with initial project phases. The initial roll out of the technology will be for the retail market supporting the British Gas retail group.”