Usage Metering

Usage Metering is the method used in business models where customers are charged based on the usage of a product or service. It helps companies to launch and optimize usage-based pricing by providing accurate and detailed usage summary records to the billing system.

To do metering, usage data is key, usage data is information about how, when, and where a customer uses a service or product. Usage metering, on the other hand, is the process of monitoring, measuring, and recording usage data. The data collected through usage metering can then be used to calculate charges under a usage-based pricing model.

Usage metering on Usage Engine Cloud Edition is a purpose-built software to provide solution to complex usage-based billing problems which require advanced usage-data management and metering capabilities. It empowers companies to easily launch and optimize usage-based measuring the usage of assets, transactions, and events over different time periods without the need to replace existing billing or other systems.

Usage metering provides standard APIs as well as an intuitive graphical user interface that can be used to manage and access all metering-related information. This empowers businesses with a faster product time-to-value, driven by vastly reduced technical complexity.

Usage metering enables users to create a metering solution based on individual business cases with a low-code experience. There are key features such as product mapping, customer meter creation, various data ingestion methods, usage event guiding, data grouping or itemization, billing periodicity, in-built data correction, and other out-of-the-box components built specifically for this purpose.
Since Usage metering is built on Usage Engine which contains all relevant data mediation capabilities such as correction and verification, data quality can be guaranteed before processing and metering without requiring any additional integration tools.

To start working with metering, the first step is to identify the product to meter in order to charge the customers. The product is based on metrics relevant to your industry, service, and customer, for example:

Movie streaming

  • Minutes watched

  • Movies watched

Ridesharing

  • Distance driven

  • Minutes driven

Printer manufacturing

  • Number of prints

  • Number of cartridges

Next, is to understand usage data and foresee that all information to meter the product is present and can be extracted.

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