We have provided further details of the implementation approach for SECMP0007 ‘Firmware Updates to IHDs and PPMIDs’, and what it will mean for you being able to fully utilise the solution following the November 2021 SEC Release.
The SEC documentation changes and Data Services Provider (DSP) elements will be implemented on 4 November 2021 (November 2021 SEC Release). The DCC and SECAS propose that the Communication Services Provider (CSP) system changes be delivered in the June 2022 SEC Release with the subsequent Communications Hub firmware updates being rolled out as soon as they are available. The DCC is consulting on this approach with the industry before asking the Panel to endorse it.
Please note that Prepayment Meter Interface Devices (PPMIDs) and Home Area Network (HAN) Connected Auxiliary Load Control Switches (HCALCSs) can only be updated over-the-air (OTA) once the associated Communications Hub has its firmware updated to reflect the SECMP0007 solution.
We have provided further details below on what benefits Parties will receive from each date:
November 2021 SEC Release
The main benefit implemented here will be the added DSP Device level firmware tracking. Currently, once firmware updates pass DSP validation, Service Users have no knowledge of where their updates are in between the DSP and Communications Hubs. Effectively this means that there can be a multiday waiting period with no further updates for Users between having their Service Request accepted by the DCC and the target device responding to confirm that the firmware update has been successfully received or rejected.
From the November 2021 SEC Release, Service Users will receive new DCC Alerts (N60 and N61) to confirm that their Electricity Smart Metering Equipment (ESME) and Gas Smart Metering Equipment (GSME) firmware updates have either been successfully delivered or failed to be delivered to the associated Communications Hub. This will give Service Users more visibility over the progress of their firmware updates and allow them to identify and mitigate issues more quickly. This same tracking will apply to PPMIDs and HCALCSs once the necessary CSP system changes and Communications Hub firmware updates have been implemented from June 2022.
Also, a new screen will be added to the Self-Service Interface (SSI) for “Firmware Distribution Tracking”, providing Users with a view of the Processing Status of each Update Firmware request within a recent time period.
PPMID and HCALCS OTA functionality
PPMIDs and HCALCSs will be over-the-air (OTA) updateable once the associated Communications Hubs have received their firmware updates. The DCC will work with its Service Providers and Users to plan the Communications Hub firmware release and deliver these as soon as they become available. The DCC is putting together a roadmap of how this release will be rolled out. Once this is available, we will publish it on this page.
Where can I find further information?
Further information on the solution itself and the legal text changes can be found on the SECMP0007 page of our website. If you have any questions, you can call the SECAS Helpdesk at 020 7090 7755 or email email@example.com.