IESO Selects IBM to Operate Ontario's Smart Meter Data Management and Repository System

IESO Selects IBM to Operate Ontario's Smart Meter Data Management and 
Repository System 
New 5-year $68.5 million (Cdn) contract awarded to IBM to continue operating 
one of the largest transaction systems of its kind 
MARKHAM, Ontario, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it 
has been selected to continue supporting the Independent Electricity System 
Operator (IESO) to operate Ontario's Meter Data Management and Repository 
(MDM/R) system with new computing infrastructure and an updated operating 
environment. 
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The 5-year $68.5 million (Cdn) contract was awarded following a competitive 
procurement process and includes options to extend to seven or 10 years. 
Under the agreement, IBM will enhance the overall performance of the MDM/R 
through new computing infrastructure, enhanced web services facility to 
support increasing volumes of requests for consumption information, enhanced 
disaster recovery capabilities, and operational improvements with a focus on 
reducing risk and costs. 
The MDM/R is a core part of Ontario's Smart Metering Initiative to drive a 
culture of conservation, enabling the billing of Time-of-Use rates and 
encouraging consumers to shift more of their energy use to off-peak periods. 
The MDM/R supports the meter to billing operations of 72 local distribution 
utilities and their 4.7 million customers, processing over 100 million 
transactions every day. The MDM/R receives, validates, estimates and allows 
for editing and storage of meter read data received from smart meters. It then 
translates the resulting hourly energy consumption data into time-of-use 
billing quantities (or buckets) for use by local distribution utilities to 
bill and communicate consumption information to their customers. Given that 
the MDM/R is the central repository of hourly data about residential and small 
business energy use in Ontario, it will be a valuable tool for big data 
analysis, research and energy trend forecasting over time. 
"The IESO needed a service provider with extensive knowledge and experience 
operating such a large-scale, complex, high-transaction volume service," said 
Przemek Tomczak, Director – Smart Metering at the IESO. "After conducting a 
thorough and extensive competitive procurement process, we are pleased to have 
IBM operate the MDM/R at the lowest risk and total cost of ownership to the 
IESO, local distribution utilities and ratepayers of Ontario." 
"The utilities industry is transforming at a rapid pace and requires smarter 
infrastructures able to improve the performance and sustainability of energy 
systems while maintaining customer trust," said Michael Valocchi, Global 
Energy and Utilities Industry Leader, IBM. "Our global industry expertise will 
help the IESO support Ontario's industry transformation. Insights gained from 
big data information networks and analytics systems will help consumers make 
smarter use of energy and utilities make better informed energy decisions to 
benefit all stakeholders." 
The IESO is responsible for managing Ontario's bulk electricity power system 
and operating the wholesale market. The IESO as the Smart Metering Entity is 
responsible for the administration and operation of the MDM/R, including the 
collection, validation, estimation and the ability for distributors to edit 
the meter read data. For more information, please visit www.smi-ieso.ca. 
Capturing and analyzing any type of data, regardless of how much, or how fast 
it is moving, helps organizations make more informed decisions based on that 
information for deeper customer insights and competitive advantage.  For more 
information on IBM's smarter energy portfolio in Canada please visit: 
http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/ca/en/smart_grid/ideas/index.html. 
For more information about IBM and Big Data please visit: 
http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/bigdata/. 
Contacts: 
Joanne Fortin IBM Media Relations, Canada 514-964-8558  fortin@ca.ibm.com 
Fabiennne Guildhary  IBM Media Relations, US  917-472-3733  
fguildhary@us.ibm.com 
Carrie Bendzsa  IBM Media Relations, Canada 613-356-5917  
Carrie.bendzsa@ca.ibm.com   
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