Smart Meters

News and insights into the latest developments in smart meters 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).

European smart metering alliance established

A single source radio automatic meter reading (AMR) system has been launched by advanced metering solutions provider, Sensus Metering Systems. The Sensus((S))cout delivers an ‘end-to-end’ solution for utilities and water companies, with every element of the system – meters, transponders and data transmitters, collectors and interrogation software – designed and supported by Sensus.

“˜Holistic’ AMR system launched

A single source radio automatic meter reading (AMR) system has been launched by advanced metering solutions provider, Sensus Metering Systems. The Sensus((S))cout delivers an ‘end-to-end’ solution for utilities and water companies, with every element of the system – meters, transponders and data transmitters, collectors and interrogation software – designed and supported by Sensus.

A.P. Systems integrates Wavecom GSM/GPRS wireless CPU for AMR in Europe

A.P. Systems, a leading Italian subsystem designer for the meter
market, has selected Wavecom’s wireless solutions for its newest line
of advanced communications subsystems for automatic electricity
meters.


A.P. Systems’ new energy meter subsystem for remote
monitoring and control of electricity uses the latest cellular wireless
communication technology that will allow energy providers to
retrofit existing meters or, create hubs connecting meters, with
communication capabilities. The add-on functionality developed by
A.P. Systems makes for easy adoption in both the consumer and
enterprise markets
.
Wavecom and A.P. Systems have been working together since
2002 on technical development, including a state-of-the-art, turnkey
terminal that can be attached to certain existing energy meters, thus
turning them into ‘smart’ meters. Wavecom’s Open AT® Software
Suite may be tailored to a specific market.

Toronto Hydro selects EnergyAxis smart meters

Toronto Hydro-Electric, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toronto Hydro Corporation, will deploy 400,000 EnergyAxis electricity meters in the first phase of the Ontario smart meter initiative (SMI).The EnergyAxis System, from global metering solutions provider Elster Electricity, has been under test by Toronto Hydro-Electric since 2004 and has been found to be suited to the utility’s interval data metering needs, including the collection of hourly interval and timeof- use metering data on electricity consumption from apartments, townhouses, and single-family residences

Hydro One concludes agreement for 1.3 million meters

An agreement to supply 1.3 million AMI-enabled meters in support of Hydro One’s smart meter deployment thoughout the province of Ontario, Canada has been concluded with the Ozz Corporation and Trilliant Networks Inc.Hydro One began the installation of smart meters in southern Ontario earlier in this year and expects to complete the installation of 1.3 million meters in its service territory by 2010.

Hydro Ottawa installs 80,000 smart meters

Hydro Ottawa is to install 80,000 residential smart meters from Olameter before the end of 2006. One of the cornerstones of Olameter’s AMI service offering is to provide access to a robust and well-trained field service workforce to enable high volume meter changes. Olameter has been a provider to Hydro Ottawa for more than eight years and the project forms part of the Ontario smart meter initiative.

35,000 smart meters for Honduras

Honduras’ Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE) is to instal Elster’s EnergyAxis system in a 35,000 smart meter deployment beginning in December. The installation is aimed at both residential and commercial and industrial customers and is aimed at reducing non-technical losses and dealing with delinquent accounts. The installation will include the urban area of San Pedro Sula in northwest Honduras as well as smaller sites in the urban areas of Tegucigalpa in the south and La Ceiba in the Atlantic region, and is expected to be completed within six months.

Smart meters on trial in the UK

Scottish and Southern EnergyLondon, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 23, 2006 – Two large utilities in the UK are planning to introduce smart metering pilot projects in the next few months, in an effort to assess the benefits of the technology. Centrica will be ready to announce firm plans within the next few weeks, while Scottish and Southern Energy has confirmed it will trial the meters in the homes of 5,000 of its customers.

Meter testing practices around the World

[Yogesh Nama][November 24, 2006]

INTRODUCTION

Energy meters are being tested worldwide to meet the needs of both manufacturers and consumers. The author has conducted a small informative survey of global practices, and people with knowledge of meter testing from countries like Germany, Norway, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Romania, Hungary, Russia, Croatia, Colombia, India, Israel, Kenya and Egypt provided information about the meter testing practices in their region. This paper is primarily based on the results of the survey and the experience gained through working in this field over the last 15 years.

Turnkey meter installation project handed over

Finland FlagHelsinki, Finland --- (METERING.COM) --- November 23, 2006 – Finnish meter manufacturer Enermet has handed over a turn key AMR project to Vantaan Energia; the project was a good example of cooperation between multiple partners. Begun in May 2006, installations were up to full speed by October, and completion was on schedule.

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