Gemserv has digitised the Smart Energy Code – the contract that sits at the heart of the smart meter roll-out. It has launched a code management platform – CodeWorks – where parties can interact with code documentation, filter for information that is relevant to them and access previous versions of the code complete with all the changes made.
The tool is designed to:
- provide greater efficiency in delivering code services;
- reduce supplier costs in running regulatory teams;
- provide better access to codes, especially for new entrants;
- reduce the cost to service; and
- improve industry collaboration.
By simplifying access to the codes, enabling new methods of collaboration and reducing the burden of administration on code participants, code managers can operate more efficiently enabling focus on what matters – driving improvements for consumers and the market. Jon Harley, Gemserv’s director of business development and consultancy, said, “We believe the launch of CodeWorks is the most tangible and exciting example of code digitisation to date and marks a significant first step in the digitalisation of the code landscape.”
He added, “Digitising the SEC using CodeWorks is the first step of a SEC wide programme to allow better access and more collaboration between SEC Parties, SECAS and the code documentation bringing efficiencies in managing and interacting with the code.”
The CodeWorks platform will go through a phased upgrade cycle between now and the end of 2019/20. This will add further functionality, including:
- Q3 2019 – Modification functionality that allows parties to request modifications that can be approved digitally.
- Q4 2020 – Security assessment functionality will be added which will allow for self-assessments to be conducted through the portal.