Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

British Gas to double data pulled from smart meters

Steve Rogerson
January 21, 2015
British Gas hopes to pull over twice as much data from its smart meters following a pilot scheme at more than a million households. The UK utility has now signed a US$750,000 three-year deal with Wandisco, which makes it the Californian company’s largest big data deal to date.
The trial used Wandisco’s Non-Stop Hadoop deployment for live customer-facing operations. This is an integrated, continuous availability big data system built on Hortonworks’ data platform. Wandisco and Hortonworks partner to deliver a claimed 100 per cent uptime with performance and scalability for global enterprises across multiple data centres.
The initial pilot, announced in March last year, enabled British Gas to capture real-time data from over a million household smart meters. The pilot demonstrated that the utility could achieve significant cost savings in data storage and processing, without data loss or downtime. It was able to demonstrate continuous availability, as well as performance and scalability that otherwise could not have been achieved.
Non-Stop Hadoop for Hortonworks will now move into live production, with the amount of data under management scaled up to more than twice its original level. Real-time analytics will enable British Gas to match energy supply dynamically with demand on a round-the-clock basis and make it possible for business and residential customers to take greater control of their energy use.
"Customers see our Hadoop technology as critical for enterprise big data deployments,” said David Richards, CEO and co-founder of Wandisco. “Enlarging our footprint with existing customers like British Gas, in addition to gathering new customers, is a very important part of our strategy. This deal clearly demonstrates our ability to expand a small initial big data deployment into a much larger deal."