Smart Meters

News and insights into latest developments in meter technology, utility deployment plans and the use of advanced metering infrastructure to improve customer service and demand response strategies. The focus will also include trends in wireless or fixed communications such as power line carrier (PLC) or wireless ad hoc networks over Wi-Fi, wireless mesh networks, low power long range wireless (LORA), ZigBee (low power, low data rate wireless), and Wi-SUN (Smart Utility Networks).

SPL WorldGroup and Cellnet Launch Advanced Metering Partnership

San Francisco, California, October 17, 2006 - Utility software vendor SPL WorldGroup and fixed network data communications provider Cellnet Technology, Inc.(R) (Cellnet) today announced a partnership aimed at providing utility clients with an end-to-end solution for advanced metering.

"Cellnet enables the reality of advanced infrastructure by bringing utility customers the best available technology for data communications systems and automation solutions," said Mak Tarnoff, Cellnet's Director of Product Marketing. "Such networks also provide two-way communication between utility and customer to measure and communicate consumption, to turn meters on and off, to check for outages and voltage problems, and to gather data to make electrical and pipeline grids work more efficiently."

European smart metering alliance established

Smart Meter InstallBy Jonathan Spencer Jones, Copenhagen, Denmark

The European Smart Metering Alliance (ESMA) has been launched to advance and support the development of smart metering in Europe.

Comprising companies and organisations interested in smart metering, the ESMA is intended to bring together all stakeholders to achieve consensus on smart metering, to promote innovation in smart metering, and to maximise the energy savings to be derived from smart metering.

Yes to smart metering

CopenhagenBy Jonathan Spencer Jones, Copenhagen, Denmark

Smart metering is a worthwhile goal to continue to pursue, delegates to Metering, Billing/CRM Europe have agreed, with 86% supporting this view and only 14% opposing it.

Moreover, more than half believed that smart metering is in an emerging adoption phase, with rapid innovation and changing technology. And 83% envisaged that there would be widespread rollout of smart metering in their region – i.e. to more than 50% of residential customers within the next ten years with as many as 11% expecting this target to be reached as soon as the next two years.

MDM software supports installations of over 10 million meters

ItronLiberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 13, 2006 – Itron Inc. has announced the completion of benchmark performance testing of Itron Enterprise Edition (IEE) meter data management software on HP Integrity servers and StorageWorks EVA8000 disk arrays.
The conclusion of extensive testing verifies IEE’s ability to support the installations of advanced metering systems exceeding 10 million meters.
The benchmark testing was conducted in HP’s Marlboro test facility over several months, using a realistic data set of 130 million hourly meter readings per day, equivalent to a utility of over 10 million electric and gas meters. The tests were conducted using processing windows and business rules based on Itron’s experience with the ‘day-in-the-life’ processing of the meter-to-cash workflow. This number of readings represents the largest scale benchmarking test in the meter data management industry to date.
The results of the testing established:

Murmansk deploys residential wireless mesh network AMR system

EkaMurmansk, Russia --- (METERING.COM) --- October 13, 2006 – Earlier this year Eka Systems Inc. completed the installation of its AMI mesh network system for Lenenergo in St. Petersburg. Now the company has announced the deployment of a residential wireless mesh network AMR system of 11,000 meters in Murmansk.

Interoperable remote reading solution

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Paris, France --- (METERING.COM) --- October 11, 2006 – Sagem Communication, a manufacturer of mobile and broadband communication products, and meter manufacturer Iskraemeco have announced that the first interoperable AMR static meters are now available. This offers utilities the ability to roll out an open AMR system where Sagem and Iskra meters will communicate without any software adaptation.

Innovative metering will advance the cause of microgeneration

London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 11, 2006 – UK electricity and gas regulator Ofgem says microgeneration could be a significant part of the country’s energy mix – and that measures to promote innovation in metering should take the interests of microgeneration into account.

Ofgem believes that more innovative metering, installed as part of microgeneration systems, could help microgeneration capitalize on its potential and assist its market penetration. The regulator is committed to removing any barriers to smarter metering, so that suppliers can provide what customers want – including microgeneration offerings.

Advanced metering system enhanced with new data concentrator


Copenhagen, Denmark --- (METERING.COM) --- October 11, 2006 – Echelon Corporation, a global networking company providing solutions for smart metering and energy and environment management, unveiled the DC-1000/SL data concentrator for its Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering system at the Metering, Billing/CRM Europe conference and exhibition.

Retrofitting add-on communications systems help energy providers compete


Milan, Italy --- (METERING.COM) --- October 10, 2006 – A.P. Systems, provider of value-added GSM and GPRS telecommunications solutions for AMM among other systems, has chosen a Wavecom wireless solution for its newest line of advanced communications subsystems for automatic electricity meters. With headquarters in Paris, France, Wavecom is a provider of embedded industrial wireless communication solutions.

Trials could lead the way to mass metering

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London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 9, 2006 – U.K. utility Thames Water has begun a four-year program to install water meters in all homes in Bromley and Croydon on change of occupancy. The utility hopes to start installing water meters at all homes in its supply area on change of occupancy from 2010, subject to regulatory approval.

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