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Case Study

Automation and Firmware Support Boosts Smart Meter Grid Testing

A case study on how a metering company validated its Energy Management solution’s smart meter system and firmware with help from EASi.

The client and challenge
Our client is a large metering company that provides complete Smart Grid and Energy Management solutions. Its Verification and Systems Validation teams required assistance with automating smart meter system and firmware testing and testing business requirements of its entire Energy Management solution.

Our customer’s teams had a:
  • Significant amount of undocumented tribal knowledge
  • Lack of qualified engineers through existing provider
  • Slow internal onboarding and lack of management bandwidth to find new candidates
  • Difficulty retaining offshore talent that had an intimate knowledge of testing methods
  • An Agile scrum process that its offshore provider was unable to replicate
  • Large backlog of new features with no new automated test development
  • Lack of consensus on the proper scope of system testing

The EASi solution
  • A managed automation team, with resources on-site and offshore that were knowledgeable in testing methods and Agile scrum processes
  • Ability to scale up quickly and retain the team long-term to maintain stability
  • Proven approach to developing and documenting best practices
  • Automated test scripts written in Python
  • Regular intervals of new features and regression testing

The results
This approach enabled the customer to convert new requirements into automated system tests, improved operational efficiency by de-duplicating efforts within its V&V group and introduced impact analysis phases to determine the scope of configurations affected by new requirements.