The Alt HAN Co is reaching out to Operational Service organisations and other providers ahead of the soon to be released Invitation to Tender (ITT) for Alternative Home Area Network (Alt HAN) Operational Services, which will assist the rollout of SMART electricity and gas meters to all customers in GB by the end of 2020.
The successful vendor will be responsible for managing the deployment of the new technology(s) to 5% of buildings where the currently planned smart metering solutions are likely to be difficult to deploy (due to device to device communication restrictions) and collecting candidate building survey data to support this deployment initiative.
Details of this were explored at the recent Vendor Engagement Event held in March by the Alt HAN Co, which saw close to 30 different organisations attend and discuss the Alt HAN procurement approach and service design for Operational Service mobilisation and delivery. The session proved invaluable in encouraging discussion and finalising the procurement approach.
There is still time for Vendors to express an interest in the Alt HAN Co procurement of Alternative HAN Operational Services. Interested Vendors, who haven’t already done so, should submit an expression of interest to Procurement@althanco.com as soon as possible or at the latest, 30th May 2018. The ITT will be released on, or around, the 18th May 2018 and Vendors will have 5 weeks to respond.
Alt HAN Co has also distributed a number of informational documents, including a new FAQ based on questions raised by Vendors at the Vendor Engagement Event, which can be accessed here: https://althanco.com/alt-han-operational-services-Vendor-engagement-2018-information/.
GB energy suppliers have established the Alt HAN Company as a special purpose company to deliver Alt HAN solutions. After engaging with potential Vendors in 2016 through a Request for Information (RFI), the project developed a Commercial Approach and will soon release a revised Target Operating Model for Operational Services, that separates ‘lots’ of activities into two groups;
- Service Management Function – Provides service user interfaces for all Alt HAN services, acting as the day-to-day operational engine room for Alt HAN including inventory management, supply chain and logistics management, data analytics, service desk and incident management, billing/reporting and IT/data hosting systems. Also coordinates activities of the Technology Services Provider and Building Surveyor (below).
- Building Surveyor – provides a service to collect building survey data to inform the Technology Service Provider’s pre-installation activities.