Amazon Web Services (AWS)
SlimmemeterPortal.nl is a free-to-use application for Dutch consumers that allows you to gain insights on your energy consumption. The easiest way to cut energy costs is by not using that energy in the first place. To give a clear and easy to understand overview of your energy consumption is a first step towards reducing your energy consumption.
With over a 100.000 users in the system SlimmemeterPortal.nl can help people understand how they use their energy and help them proactively by recommending energy saving measures. It can also help larger projects, eg. organized by municipalities, to identify possible measures they can take in order to help their residents become more sustainable.
The ChallengeWith the large amount of data that comes from all the energy meters, it was no longer possible to analyze it using the operational database for the application itself. Queries would take too long and costs would go up considerably if the current database would need to scale to allow those kinds of large scale analytics.
Xebia helped SlimmemeterPortal.nl to build a low cost, scalable data and analytics solution. It now allows them to create dashboards using large amounts of anonymized data and to train models that will advise customers proactively or give better insights in their consumption.
The SolutionThe implemented solution uses Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) to store all the encrypted data. Making it scalable and easy to consume. The data is processed, cleansed and enriched using data pipelines in AWS Glue, to make sure the data is of high quality and ready for further consumption. All the data is anonymized and encrypted, making sure that privacy rules are implemented and data is secure.
With the new solution in place SlimmemeterPortal.nl can now give insights on a bigger scale. Reducing the time to create a report for a municipality from days to have it readily available whenever they need it, with up-to-date data.
The ability to train new models opens up new possibilities for the platform and their users. Like making recommendations to help users reduce their energy consumption and allow them to use their energy smarter and more efficiently.