Interval data provides information on meter consumption by reading the pulse of the meter at a certain interval (usually every 15-60 minutes). The interval data is then sent to a software platform or other tool to interpret the information. This is different than real-time data because it only provides data at a certain time interval, as opposed to a real-time system that delivers data constantly. Interval data can be read from electric, gas, and water meters.
Why It Matters
Interval data provides insight into energy consumption, but it provides far less information than a real-time system. It is used in Green Button and similar programs.