For all requirements and issues, the Rollout Process Manager provides an answer.
It allows you to plan, optimize, automate, control, and monitor all processes and associated costs related to the rollout and operation of the new metering infrastructure. Through interfaces to other systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), workforce management (WFM), and gateway administration (GWA), you can thoroughly and consistently automate numerous processes. These include planning, job execution, service provider management, gateway commissioning, billing, and the updating of master data.
Using the Rollout Process Manager’s planning function, you can simulate various scenarios and calculate the associated costs. These actions draw on data from the device management system – which is designed for metering point operation – such as gateways, metering points, annual consumption, contract data, and associated metering products. This allows you to calculate rollout volume according to, for example, meter replacement cycles, consumption thresholds, or calibration periods for virtual network areas. What if you opted to optimize the rollout based on the age of the device stock and to convert the older devices first? You can create and optimize various plans according to your rollout strategy and also factor in the required capacity of service providers and internal service personnel. Connection users and the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) are notified automatically about the planned installations and conversions.
Not only does Rollout Process Manager automate numerous processes, but it does so thoroughly and consistently across multiple jobs and systems. It generates jobs for the installation of modern metering equipment and smart metering systems. In conjunction with workforce management systems, generated job packages can be sent to the installer. Automation minimizes the overall time it takes to replace smart metering systems: disclosing the metering point, the gateway, and the meter, pairing, setting up metering profiles, and verifying results on site. This element in particular significantly reduces the number of multiple service trips to one address and the capacity required of the external service provider. Once commissioning has been completed, the system responsible for processing the metering data can start doing so immediately. If job execution is recorded on the move, it can be transmitted seamlessly back to the Rollout Process Manager. Once the Manager has sent feedback to the ERP system, the result is the automatic updating of master data and invoicing of services.
Unscheduled capacity bottlenecks affecting internal or external service personnel, batch recalls, higher than expected metering product replacement volumes, and fault clearances can all thwart your rollout plans. Using Rollout Process Manager, you can adjust your plans at any time, re-optimize them, and apply them to new jobs.
For example, you can take jobs that you previously assigned to one service provider and reassign them to a different one with free capacity. Or you can redistribute the volume planned for a service provider so that it is spread over a longer period. Your newly created plans are automatically applied to new jobs, and the performance period is adjusted for existing jobs. Job status is monitored at all times.
Using the evaluation function, you can check that your rollout process is running smoothly according to plan and see how fault clearance processes are affecting the planned meter replacement cycles. Numerous rolling planned/actual comparisons are available, allowing you to intervene and re-optimize your planning whenever you want. In addition, you can automatically generate reports for the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) and evaluations for the various recipients.