Smart Co is focused on the Future.
Why Smart Co?
We know that the Energy and Utilities industry is continuing to experience unprecedented change. To keep up with this change, we work with our clients to solve their most complex digital, technology and talent challenges. Whether it’s connected homes, the smart energy grid or regulatory compliance, we help organisations make the most of the transforming energy market.
We have been supporting major smart energy programmes within all segments of the industry and been involved with the UK government’s Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP) from inception.
We have been trusted by both central bodies, established players and new entrants across all aspects of the energy sector.
Change is accelerating and today, more than ever before, your team is stretched to stay on top of challenges such as Smart Export Guarantee, flexible billing systems, regulatory compliance, GDPR, smart home, smart tariffs, faster switching, demand flexibility and electric vehicle to name just a few. SmartCo has the experience and capacity you need to deliver.
What do we do?
Deliver Projects & Programmes
We run and deliver outcomes-focused programmes and projects for our clients, combining the implementation of a digital business strategy with providing fully managed teams with the required skills to implement these complex projects. We provide oversight to these projects as standard and can also provide this oversight to other programmes for our clients.
Change is challenging and sometimes it can go a little off track. Smart Co is highly experienced in identifying and delivering interventions that bring the initiatives back on track while keeping our customers fully abreast and in control of the actions required: Project Assurance, Technical Oversight, Turnaround, Accelerating Delivery, Hyper-care etc.
In an increasingly digital economy, those organisations that bridge the talent gap will enjoy a competitive edge over those who don’t. Our project services model provides you with flexible access to the resources you require to meet the needs of your business and users. We take on the responsibility for overseeing these individuals and their work programme to ensure an agreed set of service measures are met.
We create a multi-phased, strategic roadmap that provides the guidance, risk mitigation, and value realisation milestones you need, with providing actionable advice and implementation support.
Search and Selection
We are retained on an exclusive basis in an advisory capacity to partner with you to identify, assess and select the best possible candidate for your requirement.
The UK government is driving a programme to establish a smart metering infrastructure for energy customers in the UK. A key element of this infrastructure was the establishment and provision of a wide-area (WAN) communications service to transport the volumes of over-the-air (OTA) messaging between energy suppliers’ IT systems and the smart metering devices in consumers’ premises. It is regarded as the largest and most significant Energy Infrastructure project the industry has seen in many decades.
Our client was appointed to design, build and provide the communication hub product. This was a £100m contract. The product development project was tasked with designing, developing and producing a new Communications Hub product, specifically for sale to Arqiva in support of the UK smart metering roll-out.
Smart Co Consulting were asked exclusively to arrange bespoke solutions for 8 programmes of work within our client.
The strategy was to use Lloyd’s team to identify the very best Smart Team across the entire Smart Metering estate including Technical specialist resource through to Project Delivery. He also helped build the operations centred now based at Hook Hampshire. This was a Rapid Project Solution to locate an end to end team with geographic and technical challenges. Smart Co Consulting's bespoke Smart Technology offering is a direct result of our partnership over the last 3 years.
The Data and Communications Company (DCC) is delivering a once-in-a-generation programme to build a smart metering network for Great Britain.
Perhaps the most ambitious of its kind in the world, the programme will allow energy suppliers to roll out millions of smart electricity and gas meters to homes and small non-domestic properties. Funded by the energy industry, the network will connect smart meters to the business systems of energy suppliers, network operators and other authorised service users. The smart metering network will help Great Britain become a global leader in smart energy and the development of smart grids.
DCC is the programme and service integrator working on behalf of the energy industry to establish and operate the data and communications infrastructure that will enable all UK homes to have a smart meter by 2020.
Understanding this federated set of diverse stakeholders has led to Smart Co Consulting’s teams helping within several departments through the Design and BAU stages. From Architecture, Testing, Assurance, Projects and Device SME’s – Smart Co Consulting has provided successful bespoke Smart Solutions.
A technology start-up’s programme created by British Gas has led to a digital transformation of how consumers monitor and control energy use in their home. From a standing start over 150,000 British Gas customers use Connected Homes technology providing them with the ability to control heating in their home via their smartphone. Smart Co has been a key supplier through the lifetime of the programme.
The strategy for our client’s technical estate was to not use large technology vendors and instead use open source software to construct services. This meant that Smart Co had to identify and headhunt within a unique set of businesses who had also using this pioneering approach. The skills required were highly desirable, very rare and centred on big data and open source technologies.
Our solution was specifically designed to uncover extraordinary individuals with unique qualities. Our approach allows us to deliver highly credible and creative searches, finely-tuned market intelligence reports with clear benchmarking and in-depth assessment of senior individuals.