Tutorial: Deploy and walk through the smart meter monitoring app template

Use the IoT Central smart meter monitoring application template and the guidance in this article to develop an end-to-end smart meter monitoring solution.

smart meter architecture.

This architecture consists of the following components. Some solutions may not require every component listed here.

Smart meters and connectivity

A smart meter is one of the most important devices among all the energy assets. It records and communicates energy consumption data to utilities for monitoring and other use cases, such as billing and demand response. Based on the meter type, it can connect to IoT Central either using gateways or other intermediate devices or systems, such edge devices and head-end systems. Build IoT Central device bridge to connect devices, which can't be connected directly. The IoT Central device bridge is an open-source solution and you can find the complete details here.

IoT Central platform

Azure IoT Central is a platform that simplifies building your IoT solution and helps reduce the burden and costs of IoT management, operations, and development. With IoT Central, you can easily connect, monitor, and manage your Internet of Things (IoT) assets at scale. After you connect your smart meters to IoT Central, the app template uses built-in features such as device models, commands, and dashboards. The app template also uses the IoT Central storage for warm path scenarios such as near real-time meter data monitoring, analytics, rules, and visualization.

Extensibility options to build with IoT Central

The IoT Central platform provides two extensibility options: Continuous Data Export (CDE) and APIs. The customers and partners can choose between these options based to customize their solutions for specific needs. For example, one of our partners configured CDE with Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS). They're using ADLS for long-term data retention and other cold path storage scenarios, such batch processing, auditing and reporting purposes.

In this tutorial, you learn how to:

  • Create the Smart Meter App for free
  • Application walk-through
  • Clean up resources

Prerequisites

  • There are no specific prerequisites required to deploy this app.
  • You can use the free pricing plan or use an Azure subscription.

Create a smart meter monitoring application

  1. Navigate to the Azure IoT Central Build site. Then sign in with a Microsoft personal, work, or school account. Select Build from the left-hand navigation bar and then select the Energy tab:

    Smart meter template

  2. Select Create app under Smart meter monitoring.

To learn more, see Create an IoT Central application.

Walk through the application

The following sections walk you through the key features of the application:

Dashboard

After you deploy the application template, it comes with sample smart meter device, device model, and a dashboard.

Adatum is a fictitious energy company, who monitors and manages smart meters. On the smart meter monitoring dashboard, you see smart meter properties, data, and sample commands. It enables operators and support teams to proactively perform the following activities before it turns into support incidents:

  • Review the latest meter info and its installed location on the map
  • Proactively check the meter network and connection status
  • Monitor Min and Max voltage readings for network health
  • Review the energy, power, and voltage trends to catch any anomalous patterns
  • Track the total energy consumption for planning and billing purposes
  • Command and control operations such as reconnect meter and update firmware version. In the template, the command buttons show the possible functionalities and don't send real commands.

Smart meter monitoring dashboard.

Devices

The app comes with a sample smart meter device. You can see the device details by clicking on the Devices tab.

Smart meter devices.

Click on the sample device SM0123456789 link to see the device details. You can update the writable properties of the device on the Update Properties page, and visualize the updated values on the dashboard.

Smart meter properties.

Device Template

Click on the Device templates tab to see the smart meter device model. The model has pre-define interface for Data, Property, Commands, and Views.

Smart meter device templates.

Clean up resources

If you decide to not continue using this application, delete your application with the following these steps:

  1. From the left pane, open Administration tab

  2. Select Application settings and click Delete button at the bottom of the page.

    Delete application.

Next steps

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