Axibase Releases Temporal Versioning Capabilities in Axibase Time Series Database To Support Smart Metering Infrastructures at Scale

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Axibase Corporation, the software vendor behind products like Axibase Enterprise Reporter and Axibase Time Series Database, today announced the release of a new feature in ATSD specifically for customers recording data from Smart Meters in the energy and utilities sectors. This new feature is called Data Versioning.

Axibase Corporation, the software vendor behind products like Axibase Enterprise Reporter and Axibase Time Series Database, today announced the release of a new feature in ATSD specifically for customers recording data from Smart Meters in the energy and utilities sectors. This new feature is called Data Versioning.

Data Versioning in Axibase Time Series Database

Network-enabled smart meters introduced over the last 10 years, which support BACnet, OSGP, SML, and Modbus protocols are instrumented to relay versioned data. Versioned data has a status attached to each data-point to qualify the results obtained by the smart meter. For example, the meter can set the status to "initializing", "provisional" or "not available". In cases like this, the Meter Data Management System (MDM) stores a derived, temporary or estimated value. The status is later updated by the device itself, the MDM or manually by an operator, producing several data-points for the same timestamp. Versions keep track value and status changes over time for audit trails and reconciliations. This feature gives customers access to clean, verified data with tracing. ATSD schema also supports tags like "serverId", "serial number", "clientId", and "model", which customers can use to execute advanced analytics or to extend the default versioning meta-data.

Storing and reporting on versioned data in a scalable fashion presents a growing challenge for smart meter gateways and reporting tools, which rely on relational databases. Given the rigid schema constraints enforced by relational databases, many utilities struggle to accommodate both rich metadata and vast volume at the same time and this is where NoSQL solutions provide an efficient alternative. In the case of smart meters, each versioned data-point contains three meta-data fields describing the value: status, source, and change time. As networked smart meters are proliferating across the energy and utilities sectors, the ability to store versioned data at scale becomes vital.

Now, with the addition of Data Versioning in ATSD, Smart Meter gateways can offload their readings directly into a highly scalable, resilient storage engine. This leads to increased system throughput and responsiveness, while allowing MDMs to focus on key tasks such as reporting, estimation, maintenance and billing.

ATSD natively supports Versioned time-series data in Standard and Enterprise editions across API, network protocol, SQL, and scheduled reporting interfaces.

"As our customers in the energy and utilities industries are starting to collect more data at a higher frequency, the demand for a new type of Operational Historian and Meter Data Management System is rising. With the addition of Data Versioning, ATSD is now ready to tackle the data intensive use cases of our customers in these industries. Today we have made an important step forward in making Axibase Time Series Database the go to solution for Enterprise customers." - said Heinrich von Keler, VP of Marketing at Axibase.

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About Axibase Time-Series Database

ATSD is a distributed NoSQL database designed from the ground up to store and analyze time-series data at scale. Unlike most other databases, ATSD comes with a robust set of built-in features including Rule Engine, Visualization, Data Forecasting, Data Mining and more.

About Axibase

Axibase Corporation was founded in 2004 in Cupertino, California. Axibase is developing software solutions for IT performance management, IT capacity planning and infrastructure management. Axibase products are deployed in enterprise environments of all sizes, from 50 to 20,000 servers, across the globe.

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