Internet of things application program based on smart meter system


The smart meter system (SMS) based on the Internet of Things applications program (up to £1.8 million) aims to determine the technical and commercial feasibility of SMS-based IoT detection devices (and any data management tools that may be required).

These devices must communicate via GB Smart Meter System and Data Communications Company (CDC) and funding will be provided to enable successful applicants, working with one or more energy suppliers, to design, build, test and test the IoT detection devices.

The program consists of 2 phases:

  • Phase 1: feasibility, identification of applications and establishment of the feasibility of solutions including IoT sensors and supporting data management tools suitable for operation in the smart meter system and CDC network
  • Phase 2: Develop and test, further develop the proposed technical solutions, and build and deploy the system and demonstration devices

How to register

  1. Read section 4.2 of the competition guidelines to learn more about applying for this opportunity.
  2. Complete the registration form.
  3. We encourage applicants to register their interest by 2:00 p.m. on July 5, 2022.
  4. The contest ends on July 12, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Collaborative platform

Join BEIS flexibility innovation collaboration platform to find collaboration partners to support your application.

Online information event

An online information event will be organized on June 14, 2022 at 3 p.m. to provide further information on the application and the commercial process. Register for our Flexibility Innovation Programme: How to Apply event at 3:00 p.m. on June 14, 2022.


Internet of things (IoT) describes electrical/electronic devices (or groups of such devices) that are integrated with sensors, processing capability, software and other technologies that connect and exchange data with other devices and systems on the Internet or other communication networks.

The GB smart meter system (SMS) contains rich data on energy use; data currently held on consumer smart meters. The SMS also has the existing capability to act as a return path for additional single data items such as temperature, humidity, or sub-meter readings.

Alone or combined with existing energy data, this additional data acquired by a SMS and data communication company (CDC) network route could provide significant benefits related to monitoring and managing IoT devices, at minimal additional cost.

In progress IoT sensor devices and support data management tools that use the SMSit is CDC network, funded projects aim to increase usage options such as monitoring “smart building” devices, DNO infrastructure assets and industrial processes; and other uses that support the goals of the Flexibility Innovation program.

This program is part of the overall up to £65m Flexibility Innovation Program, which aims to enable widespread flexibility in the large-scale electricity system through smart, flexible, secure and accessible technologies and markets. The Flexibility Innovation program will fund innovation in a range of key smart energy applications and is part of the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP).


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