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SECMP0007 ‘Firmware Updates to IHDs and PPMIDs’ implementation approach

30 March 2021

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 sec.change@gemserv.com.

SEC v33.0 released to implement MP111

25 January 2021

An updated version of the SEC came into effect on 25 January 2021 to implement MP111 ‘SMDA Budget Amendments’.

 

MP111 ‘SMDA Budget Amendments’

MP111 will bring the Smart Meter Device Assurance (SMDA) Scheme under SEC governance and funding. The SMDA Co Board will become a SEC Panel Sub-Committee (SMDASC) and the SMDA Management Panel will become a Sub-Group of the SMDA Sub-Committee.

The fixed costs of running the SMDA Scheme will be funded via the SEC Panel budget. The SEC Panel will oversee the SMDASC and the Smart Energy Code Company (SECCo) will become responsible for contracting with the Test House(s). This will bring the essential task of assuring interchangeability and interoperability under the SEC where long-term funding can be ensured.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

The following part of the SEC was affected:

  • SEC Section A ‘Definitions and Interpretation’
  • Section F ‘Smart Metering System Requirements’

 

Where can I access the redlining?

The redlined changes to this Schedule can be found on CodeWorks via the links below:

 

Our Document Log lists the versions of each SEC document now in effect following this release.

You can download the individual SEC documents from the SEC and Supporting Documents section of our website or via CodeWorks.

 

Where can I find further information?

Further information can be found on the MP111 page of our website. If you have any questions, you can call the SECAS Helpdesk at 020 7090 7755 or email sec.change@gemserv.com.

SEC v31.0 released to implement MP139

21 January 2021

An updated version of the SEC came into effect on 21 January 2021 to implement MP139 ‘MVP and IVP dates for CHTS’.

MP139 extends Communications Hub Technical Specification (CHTS) v1.0 and v1.1 end dates in the Technical Specifical Applicability Tables (TSAT) by 12 months. This will allow Suppliers more time to install or upgrade their currently held stocks of Communications Hubs.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

The following part of the SEC was affected:

  • SEC Schedule 11 ‘TS Applicability Tables’

 

Where can I access the redlining?

The redlined changes to this Schedule can be found on CodeWorks via the links below:

 

Our Document Log lists the versions of each SEC document now in effect following this release.

You can download the individual SEC documents from the SEC and Supporting Documents section of our website or via CodeWorks.

 

Where can I find further information?

Further information can be found on the MP139 page of our website. If you have any questions, you can call the SECAS Helpdesk at 020 7090 7755 or email sec.change@gemserv.com.

SEC version 6.23 released – MP089 implemented

20 January 2020

SEC version 6.23 came into effect on 20 January 2020 to implement MP089 ‘Changes to Appendix R ‘Common Testing Scenarios Document’’ as an ad-hoc SEC Release.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

The following part of the SEC was affected:

  • Appendix R ‘Common Testing Scenarios Document’

 

The redlined changes to this document can be downloaded here.

You can download a zip folder containing SEC v6.23 here, or download the individual sections of the SEC from the SEC and Guidance Documents page of our website.

 

Where can I find further information?

Further information can be found on the MP089 page of our website. If you have any questions, you can call us via our helpdesk on 020 7090 7755 or email sec.change@gemserv.com.

 

SEC Version 6.15 Designated – June 2019 SEC Release

27 June 2019

SEC version 6.15 came into effect on 27 June 2019 to implement SECMP0058 ‘Changes to the governance of the Self-Service Interface’ as part of the June 2019 SEC Release.

The sections of the SEC affected were:

  • Section A ‘Definitions and interpretations’
  • Section H ‘DCC Services’
  • Appendix I ‘CH Installation and Maintenance Support’
  • Appendix T ‘DCCKI Interface Design Specification’
  • Appendix W ‘DCCKI Registration Authority Policies and Procedures’
  • Appendix AA ‘Threshold Anomaly Detection Procedures’
  • Appendix AH ‘Self Service Interface Design Specification’
  • Appendix AI ‘Self Service Interface Code of Connection’

 

Where can I find further information?

  • You can download a zip folder containing SEC v6.15 here, or download the individual sections of the SEC from the SEC and Guidance Documents page of our website;
  • The redlined changes to these documents can be downloaded here; and
  • SSI Change Governance Process can be found here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the changes to the SEC further, please contact the SEC Change Team on 020 7090 7755 or email sec.change@gemserv.com.

SECMP0034 and SECMP0045 Modification Report Consultations – responses due by Friday 9th March

16 February 2018

We have issued SECMP0034 ‘Changes to the SEC Section D for DCC analysis provisions’ and SECMP0045 ‘Incorporation of the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations’ forModification Report Consultation, (MRC), which you are invited to respond to by 5pm on Friday 9th March 2018.

 

Who will be impacted?

SECMP0034 will impact the Data Communication Company (DCC). It will not have an impact on any other SEC Parties or on any systems.

SECMP0045 will not have an impact on any SEC Parties or systems.

What are the proposed solutions?

SECMP0034 seeks to recognise the DCC’s Preliminary Assessment and Impact Assessment processes, the timescales for these and associated reporting to the Panel within the SEC.

SECMP0045 proposes to introduce the necessary changes required to the SEC to implement the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

How are these Modification Proposals being progressed?

The SEC Panel considered these Modification Proposals on 9th February 2018 and agreed that:

  • SECMP0034 should be progressed as a Path 3: Self-Governance modification;
  • SECMP0045 should be progressed as a Path 2: Authority Determined modification; and
  • both modifications should be issued for MRC.

How can I respond?

We invite you to respond to these MRCs by completing the response form attached to each consultation, indicating whether you believe these modifications should be approved or rejected.

If you do not wish to register an opinion on the outcome of a modification, then please indicate ‘no interest’. If you are abstaining for reasons other than no impact on your organisation, then please indicate ‘abstain’ in the consultation response form.

When providing your views, please provide supporting rationale, making reference to the relevant SEC Objectives.

Please send your responses to SEC.Change@gemserv.com using the attached consultation response forms by 5pm on Friday 9th March 2018.

Please note that this is your final opportunity to comment on these modifications prior to the Change Board Vote, which will take place on 21st March 2018.

Where can I find further information?

Further information can be found on the SECMP0034 and SECMP0045 pages of our website. If you have any questions or would like to discuss these modifications further, please contact Talia Addy on 020 7090 1010 or email SEC.Change@gemserv.com.

SECMP0002 Working Group Consultation – responses due by 26th January 2018

5 January 2018

We have issued SECMP0002 ‘Add New Command to Reset Debt Registers’ for Working Group Consultation, which you are invited to respond to by 5pm on Friday 26th January 2018.

SECMP0002 Working Group Consultation

 

Who will be impacted?

SECMP0002 will impact Suppliers, Other SEC Parties, the Data Communications Company (DCC) and the Smart Energy Code Administrator and Secretariat (SECAS).

What is the proposed solution?

This Modification Proposal seeks to add a new Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specification (SMETS) Command to allow Users to reset any of the three debt registers on an Electricity Smart Metering Equipment (ESME) or Gas Smart Metering Equipment (GSME).

How can I respond?

We invite you to respond to this Working Group Consultation by providing answers to the questions in the response form included in the consultation.

Please send your response to SEC.Change@gemserv.com by 5pm on Friday 26th January 2018.

Where can I find further information?

Further information can be found on the SECMP0002 page of our website. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this modification further, please contact Sasha Townsend on 020 7090 7755 or email her at SEC.Change@gemserv.com.

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