The volume of customer usage, AMI, and in-home energy-management data that utilities need to capture is expanding rapidly. This collection of "big data" can be expensive to store and manage using typical enterprise software, and it can be overwhelming to analyze without the right architecture.
Since our founding, Opower has invested in building robust, patent-pending Big Data Analytics to store and process data from tens of millions of Smart Meters at 15-minute intervals, as well as second-level data from in-home devices. The Opower platform is more than just a collection of hardware and software for data warehousing: it's designed from the bottom up to help utilities transform "Big Energy Data" into measurable business value—and has been field-proven through Opower's own solutions.
Opower Big Data Analytics are available directly for use as a scalable, secure cloud service. Using flexible APIs, utilities can build custom solutions running in their own data centers that rely on the same powerful Interaction Engine, Analytics Engine, and Open Data Integrator used by Opower's own solutions. In many cases, Opower Big Data Analytics eliminates the need for utilities to build their own multi-million dollar system using proprietary software, expensive hardware, and ongoing consulting services.