Becoming a DCC User

To become a User of DCC services and use the live DCC systems, you need to do the following, regardless of which role(s) you wish to operate under. 

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Once you have become a User, we will continue to support you through our service desk after you have completed your user entry processes and become a User.

Have a look at our Operations pages for information on the services you can expect.

As the SEC regulates the DCC network, all energy suppliers and network operators need to become a party to the SEC as a licence condition.

Becoming a party to the SEC means that you will abide by this regulation.

Find out more on the Smart Energy Code Administration and Secretariat (SECAS) website.

A DCC User Gateway Connection allows all Users to communicate securely with both our smart metering systems and the DCC Self-Service interface.

You will also need to have this connection in place before you can start any testing.

Find out how to order one via the DCC Service Desk.

The DCC User Interface Specification (DUIS) is a XML web service interface that is used to communicate with our smart metering systems.

DUIS allows Users to send and receive messages from smart metering systems and the DCC service. These messages, also called service requests, are categorised according to how sensitive the request is. Messages that Users receive from smart meters or DCC are called service responses.

Alerts

Some Users, such as suppliers and network operators, can also expect to receive alerts.

An alert is a message sent to Users to provide additional information relating to either meter processing or DCC service processing.

Software solution

To use DUIS, you need to implement a software solution which complies with those parts of DUIS that are applicable to the user role you wish to work under.

You need to have your solution in place before you can start the User Entry Process Tests.

The Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) provides Users with the ability to support secure end to end communications with devices. The SMKI Registration Authority Policies and Procedures (RAPP) sets out the steps that organisations need to follow in order to gain access to SMKI services, including:

  • The requirement for A Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) and Authorised Responsible Officer (ARO) to be registered and verified
  • The process for issuing authentication credentials, required to access the SMKI and SMKI Repository interfaces
  • The steps that organisations need to go through in order to become an Authorised Subscriber (in order to access live SMKI services)

The DCC Key Infrastructure (DCCKI) provides Users with the ability to establish secure connections to the DCC User Gateway, and the Registration Data Interface. The DCCKI RAPP sets out the steps that organisations need to follow in  order to gain access to these interfaces.

Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) and Repository Entry Process Testing (SREPT) describes the tests that organisations must perform in order to become Authorised Subscribers, in line with the SMKI Registration Authority Policies and Procedures (RAPP) and the Smart Energy Code. These tests include:

  • Connecting to the SMKI interfaces
  • Connecting to the SMKI Repository interfaces
  • Submitting Certificate Signing Requests (CSRs) and retrieving Certificates
  • Searching for and retrieving content (such as Certificate Revocation Lists, Certificate policies) from the SMKI Repository

The successful completion of Complete User Entry Process Testing (UEPT) will demonstrate that you:

  • Can correctly interact with the DCC systems
  • Comply with all technical requirements and specifications