AMI managed services (AMS) are deployments of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems in which a third party other than the utility operates the AMI system on a day-to-day basis. For this report, Pike Research defines AMS as a repeatable offering that can be deployed from one client to the next with little customization. AMS is therefore a subset of AMI. Most current AMS offerings are delivered via cloud computing infrastructures, but AMS vendors are reluctant to mention clouds in their collateral or discussions with clients due to a general skepticism about the security of cloud-based services.
AMS has so far been most attractive to smaller utilities that do not have the size or staff to operate an AMI system in-house. A further benefit is that AMS can be deployed without the substantial capital investment that smaller utilities are often unable to make. However, AMS has also attracted a few larger utilities that would rather outsource the complexity than deal with it in-house. AMS adoption varies significantly by region and by country. Countries where energy distribution is a state-owned monopoly are unlikely to use AMS. By contrast, more liberalized markets may portend greater occurrence of AMS but there are exceptions. The most active AMS regions of the world today are North America and Northern Europe.
This Pike Research report analyzes the global market for AMS with regional breakdowns and detailed analysis of the AMS market in 27 key countries. The report also assesses key business drivers for AMS, pricing methodologies, and the types of vendors most likely to be successful, with in-depth profiles of key players. The market forecasts cover the period from 2012 through 2020, for each major region of the world. U.S. forecasts are further segmented by utility type: investor owned, municipal, and cooperative.