Critical Software Becomes SMDA Test House

April 9, 2021

We have become the sole Test House for the Smart Meter Device Assurance (SMDA) scheme.

Smart Meter Device Assurance Test House

Critical Software is pleased to announce that we have become the exclusive Test House for the Smart Meter Device Assurance (SMDA) programme.

As the official Test House for SMDA - offering assurance services for the GB energy industry - we will be responsible for testing smart meter devices, ensuring they meet the standards required to be added to the Device Assurance Register (DAR). This will, for instance, help empower the rollout of quality smart meters across the UK, working towards the goal of allowing suppliers to offer devices to all households by the end of June 2021. 

Over the past five years, we have worked in partnership with Dutch-based NMi on assuring smart meters

Matt Brake, Division Director for Smart Technology Services at Critical, commented: “The awarding of Test House status to Critical is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates confidence in the work we’ve put in alongside NMi over the past five years. We’re excited to put our smart meter assurance skills to the test as the SMDA’s sole Test House and look forward to developing new ways of increasing the value of the scheme in years to come.”

About SMDA and Critical Software 

The Smart Meter Device Assurance (SMDA) scheme provides assurance to customers, suppliers and investors in energy that smart devices work as they should in the real world. The testing conducted by the SMDA laboratory focuses particularly on the interoperability and interchangeability of devices. SMDA is the only scheme which tests one smart device against multiple others. 

Critical Software has worked alongside NMi to facilitate the SMDA laboratory since 2016, with Gemserv as the Scheme Operator. Our role as the SMDA Test House began on 1st April 2021.