British Gas goes live with WANdisco for Connected Homes programme

British Gas has stepped up trial it did in 2014 with WANdisco’s ‘Nonstop Hadoop’ product to advance its Connected Homes initiative

British Gas has stepped up a trial it conducted in 2014 with WANdisco’s Non-Stop Hadoop product to advance its Connected Homes initiative. The IT supplier said the three-year contract is worth $750,000.

An initial trial deployment of Non-Stop Hadoop has enabled British Gas to capture real-time data from over a million smart meters.

The supplier said it has shown cost savings in data storage and processing, and minimised data loss and downtime “in compliance with regulations".

WANdisco was able to demonstrate performance and scale that otherwise could not have been achieved.

Non-Stop Hadoop, a management framework for Hadoop installations that enables maintenance scheduling and other administrative functionality, is now going live at British Gas. The amount of data to be covered will be twice that of the trial.

"British Gas’s Connected Homes programme will now benefit more from real-time analytics which will make possible the “dynamic matching of energy supply with demand pattern,” said WANdisco.

WANdisco, based in Sheffield, England, and San Ramon, California, is focused on distributed computing over wider area networks, and has made inroads into the Apache Hadoop stack in recent years.

Its CEO David Richards said: “Customers see our Hadoop technology as critical for enterprise big data deployments."

"Enlarging our footprint with existing customers like British Gas, in addition to gathering new customers, is a very important part of our strategy. This deal clearly demonstrates our ability to expand a small initial big data deployment into a much larger deal.”

Andrew Brem, managing director of commercial and product development at the Connected Homes business of the utility company, told Computer Weekly in 2013 that: “It is very innovative for us to give consumers digital products. It is about joining the dots. We have traditional energy products. Smart meters give people control. It is revolutionary but I feel the company is doing the right thing.”

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