The All-in-One Solution for Intelligent Meter Data Management
The Robotron Energy Market Platform offers comprehensive solutions for smart meter data management and Smart Energy applications. As your IT specialist for intelligent meter location operation, Robotron has an all-in-one solution in its portfolio with the Robotron-IoTHub4Utilities und robotron*esmart.
The fully integrated solution covers all meter location operation processes up to data provision for billing and market partners without interfaces. Modular value-added services support innovative business models for competitive meter location operation.
Our Solutions for Innovative Meter Location Operation
Meter Data and IoT Sensor Data Management
Standardized communication and service platform
Holistic, freely scalable Meter Data Management solution with integration of IoT data
robotron*esmart is a holistic, freely scalable meter data management (MDM) solution that optimally maps the complete smart metering processes. As a fully integrated solution, robotron*esmart covers the entire meter data management process from meter reading to data provision for billing and market partners without interfaces. Thanks to its modular design, individual functions can be easily integrated into existing system environments.
Smart metering with robotron*esmart enables not only the timely acquisition and evaluation of measurement data, but also the intelligent control of generation and consumption components.
The Robotron-IoTHub4Utilities data platform integrates IoT sensor technology across manufacturers as the basis for mapping value-added energy services
Secure and high-performance operation of your smart meter infrastructure
Secure Configuration of your metering systems
The robotron*GWA-Manager covers the functions for optimally implementing gateway administration processes and fulfilling the tasks of the gateway administrator comprehensively. The Robotron solution guarantees high performance and security in the handling of administration processes in conjunction with optimal connection of the market partner systems.
The integrated certificate and key management ensures signed and encrypted communication including signature verification as well as decryption of measured values. In this way, the robotron*GWA Manager creates the basis for secure and economical operation of the entire smart meter infrastructure.
Controllable Local System Management
Data hub for controlling systems and for coordinating and recording network states
Core component for Smart Grid
robotron*SwitchingServer serves all requirements for dynamic power grid support of network components and plants. The application spectrum ranges from a data hub for controlling systems to coordination tasks with the recording of network states. In addition to direct control via configurable schedules, the integrated control management also enables the download of control plans to the switch boxes or plants.
A flexible coupling of external control systems and market partners as well as the support of all common switchboxes and switch modules allow an easy and fast system integration.
Functions such as the dynamic grouping of plants (control pools), the processing of Merit Order Lists (MOL) or the aggregation of ACTUAL values form the perfect technical basis for virtual power plants (VPP) and the dynamic management of capacities and flexibilities.
With bidirectional communication to charging stations and wallboxes and integrated load and feed-in management, the CLS module in the robotron*SwitchingServer is also the technical foundation of the Robotron electromobility platform.
The universal Robotron-IoTHub4Utilities data platform serves the integration of IoT sensor technology and provides flexible interfaces to controlling backend systems.
Hardware Security Module and Key Management as a Service
Proven protection against identity theft of a server
Hardware security module
A proven protection against identity theft of a server is the outsourcing of the private keys to a dedicated hardware security module (HSM). The use of hardware security modules is prescribed in particular in the context of smart metering by TR-03109 for gateway administrators (GWA) as well as external market participants (EMT, e.g. as measurement data receivers).
Due to the costly acquisition and complex integration of an HSM, Robotron offers HSM operation as a service (HSMaaS), ranging from setup to maintenance. In addition, we also offer private key management, so that ephemeral keys are generated and made available via key derivations in the application case.
Advanced Meter Reading
Classic reading of meters in push and pull operation via all common transmission protocols
Advanced meter reading: classic and perfectly integrated
robotron*ecollect covers an essential functional component of measurement data processing - advanced meter reading (AMR) as a direct connection to the metering system.
When reading meters, the solution supports both push and pull operation via all common transmission protocols. Manufacturer-neutral functions for time synchronization of the devices, for firmware updates and for carrying out tariff switching or remote locking are possible.
In addition to integrated technical device management, comprehensive process monitoring is also available.
By using robotron*ecollect, you save not only the interface between AMR and EDM, but also the redundant data storage of the metering data in both systems.
Universal communication center for the smart metering system
Communication and Security Requirements for intelligent metering systems
The communication center solution robotron*SwitchingServer supports existing systems for measurement data processing in meeting current and future communication and security requirements of the German Federal Office for Information Security. As a standalone component, it integrates optimally into existing infrastructures and complements robotron*esmart or the robotron*GWA-Manager with a powerful head-end system.
As a manufacturer-independent system solution, robotron*SwitchingServer communicates both with the new smart meter gateways and with conventional remotely readable meters. This ensures easy entry into the new era of smart metering systems.
Virtual Power Plants
Intelligent control of flexible consumer loads and smoothing of load curves
Optimized Plant Control
The combination of storages, generation plants and consumer loads into a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is a highly innovative strategy to continue offering attractive energy products in the context of a changing energy market. In addition to a wide range of service options, the approach opens up a high potential for optimizing procurement and marketing.
The control of flexible consumer loads and the use of intelligent storages also enables the smoothing of load curves, the realization of a high forecasting quality as well as the cost-efficient control of the integrated individual components.
Robotron's complete solution is particularly suitable for the provision of control energy services as well as for the optimization of generation and marketing of all types of energy from decentralized generation.
Optimally integrated billing of meter location operation
Flexible Solutions for Optimized Billing Processes
The Robotron EDM/MDM systems process various transaction data on the basis of which billing can take place. The cross-commodity billing module handles the periodic (e.g. monthly, annually) or one-time billing of the following matters for RLM, SLP customers as well as network operators, traders and suppliers:
- Trading (from portfolio management),
- Balancing group,
- Network utilization and service contracts
- Other billing matters
Separate processes have been created for the billing of meter location operation. Depending on the market role, the processes provide for the provision or receipt of an electronic price sheet, communication and billing between the meter operator and the supplier. Robotron also offers suitable function modules and adaptations for the new requirements.
View Into the Software
The modules of the MDM solution robotron*esmart support the entire meter data management process from the meter to the end customer. From classic remote meter reading with robotron*ecollect to gateway administration with robotron*GWA-Manager and meter data management with robotron*esmart, all functional requirements are fully covered. All automated processes can be conveniently managed via a central process control. The configurable dashboard in robotron*ecollect provides an optimal overview of the system status and your measurement data. Extensive analysis and editing functions for consumption and forecast time series are part of the intuitive visualization mask.
The robotron*Webportal also offers you a mobile complete overview for flexible meter data management on the go.
The master data management visualizes the structure of the master data including the associated dependencies.
Visualization: The visualization screen offers extensive analysis and editing functions for consumption and forecast time series.
The central dashboard of the robotron*SwitchingServer provides you with an overview of the current system status.
Charging Management With Smart Meter Gateway
Together with partners Power Plus Communications AG (PPC) and Webasto SE, global system partner to the automotive industry, Robotron implemented a practical solution for the management of charging processes and charging stations via the smart metering system. Different use cases with different data transmission protocols were demonstrated. In addition to the widely used "Open Charge Point Protocol" (OCPP) standard, the "Modbus TCP" protocol is also used in the project. In both cases, the Robotron Communication Server on Edge (RCSoE) on the PPC CLS gateway handles protocol forwarding and thus enables direct, bidirectional and secure communication between the charging station and the charging station operator's backend system.
Dynamic Power Grid Support and Feed-In Management
Innovative solutions for energy industry use cases are being tested on the campus of TEAG Thüringer Energie AG in Erfurt. The focus of the tests is on the smart metering system for dynamic power grid support and feed-in management and control in the smart grid. In the project, the TMZ relies on the know-how and solutions of Robotron Datenbank-Software GmbH. The communication connection of the charging stations is therefore realized via the Smart Meter Gateway as well as the CLS Gateway from PPC including the Robotron Communication Server on Edge (RCSoE) - for the first time via "Open Charge Point Protocol". The protocol brings numerous advantages for the fully comprehensive communication integration of charging technology.