Given the method and frequency of the transfer of usage data from the consumer's house to Flick, I can't work out why we shouldn't have access to this information in real time, ie on-going usage data updates following each data upload (half-hourly or something?) and - most importantly - cumulative daily usage data available at the close of each day (or by early the next morning).
Having this data available more promptly would hopefully help be understand some of the significantly higher usage spikes I see in the data.
Totally. I'm guessing that Flick may not receive the data in real time either and possibly get a data dump for a full day in one go, but this isn't how I understood it worked before signing up for the service.
Since moving to Flick I have come a lot more aware of our power usage and feel that near real time, up to date information is what people expect when they're being charged in this way. This isn't a passive service as can't imagine anyone moving to Flick if you're never going to take notice of how much power you're using or how much you're being charged for it as the consequences of a massive bill could be quite devastating. BUT, I don't think Flick actually provide the tools for their customers to do this on their own website, we have to use other services to get an idea of how much we are likely to be charged, and then make a guess on how much we may be using at any particular moment.
I really hope Flick will start to make there service a bit more consumer friendly as at the moment I think it's just a service for geeks who are prepared to find other means to get the required information to use this service well.
Smart meters are typically only read once a day by the company who owns the meters. This read picks up the 48 half hours (or 46 or 50 at daylight savings change over) to midnight. This is then processed and passed on to the retailer who then has to do their own processing.
You will NEVER get real time readings from the meters using the current meters and architecture. The only way you'll get close to real time readings is if the meters are equipped with some sort of module to send you the data directly rather than through the meter owner and your retailer.