After-meter services laboratory

The After-Meter Services Laboratory provides an experimental platform to test various early-market technologies and after-metering services, such as smart meters, smart plugs and systems for energy efficient management. This laboratory simulates a residential house, complete of all the typical electric appliances used by families: from dish washer to lamps, from washing machine to microwave oven, from gas water heater to induction hob.

The electric appliances are remotely controlled by a PC program, which starts and stops each single device according to profiles reproducing typical consumption patterns of Italian residential customers. Control and data acquisition is also used to monitor the amount of electricity that the appliance is using in real time.

The aim of these activities is to assess the development state of smart solutions in terms of measurement precision, reliability, ease of installation, user-friendliness of software interfaces, level and importance of the information delivered to the customers.