Brabazon House, Manchester.
In-Building Mobile Network Supports Testing
Vilicom has deployed an in-building network to support 19 test labs for smart energy technologies at Smart DCC's new location in Manchester, Brabazon House.
The site will eventually host 2,400 smart meter testing banks, making it one of the largest radio frequency (RF) test facilities in Europe. Every month, 70 million messages are transmitted across the national smart meter network and the data helps identify individual smart installations and pinpoint issues.
Marc Ibanez, managing director of Vilicom UK, describes the facility as a "critical test bed for smart meter operations", and says a key feature of the new network is its support for testing in a sandbox environment.
Dan Lambert, COO for Smart DCC, adds:
“Brabazon House improves the way the Data Communications Company works, accelerating the programme to digitise Britain’s analogue energy industry. Our labs are fitted with robust cellular technology allowing us to test thousands of smart meters in a safe and secure way. This facility enables the DCC to deliver on its purpose of making Britain more connected so we can all lead smarter, greener lives."