About SMDA

In January 2015 Gemserv, together with delivery partner TÜV SÜD, were appointed as the Smart Meter Device Assurance (SMDA) Scheme Operator by the SMDA Company (SMDA Co) to establish an independent assurance scheme that provides testing for smart meter equipment.

The SMDA Scheme is owned by SMDA Co, which was set up as a joint initiative between Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), Energy UK, British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers' Association (BEAMA) and the Community of Meter Asset Providers (CMAP).

The Scheme is independent of meter manufacturers, suppliers and other industry parties and testing services are be available to all manufacturers of smart meter equipment. 

SMDA scheme has been set up to provide assurance to consumers, suppliers and financiers that smart meter equipment will work effectively in a smart environment.  The SMDA has two key objectives: To provide assurance that smart metering equipment (meters and associated devices) work with the Data Communications Company (DCC). The SMDA scheme describes this as ‘Interoperability’. To provide assurance that smart metering equipment (meters and associated devices) work with each other. The SMDA scheme describes this as ‘Interchangeability’. 

The primary purpose of these objectives is to provide a level of assurance that devices deployed by suppliers in a customer’s home will work as expected. 

The SMDA scheme consequently provides a degree of assurance that devices comply with the requirements of the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specification (SMETS).  The SMDA scheme does not provide assurance that all SMETS requirements are met, but provides information to SMDA members regarding which requirements are tested.  The SMDA scheme can agree that additional testing should be performed on a risk-basis to demonstrate compliance with SMETS requirements that would not be proved through interoperability or interchangeability testing. 

SMDA Stakeholders

SMDA Company - set up as a joint initiative between Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), Energy UK, British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers' Association (BEAMA) and the Community of Meter Asset Providers (CMAP).

SMDA Board - the decision-making body for the SMDA scheme and represents the SMDA Company's founding members. 

SMDA Working Group - the decision support group consisting of representatives from the founding members. 

SMDA Scheme Operator - Gemserv is the Smart Meter Device Assurance (SMDA) Scheme Operator, appointed by the SMDA Company.

SMDA Members - Energy Suppliers, Manufacturers and Meter Asset Providers. Member Suppliers and Meter Asset Providers will typically benefit from access to information that supports regulatory or commercial requirements to install interoperable and interchangeable devices. 

Manufacturers - may submit devices to the SMDA scheme for assurance. Members and non-members may submit devices for assurance.