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).

Vattenfall AMR project in Sweden

Vattenfall meter

The deregulation of the Swedish electrical market has opened up competition on the supply side by making it possible for customers to change supplier. However, the industry’s system support for this dynamic in the market were not adequate enough at the time and created much confusion and ultimately reduced the confidence of electrical customers in the whole energy industry.

Smart meters for smart grids

Meters traditionally have been the central focus of the distribution side of the electricity business, but with the advent of smart metering they are now set to become a focal point for the entire grid.

And visionary initiatives to move towards these socalled ‘smart grids’ are gathering pace on the two sides of the Atlantic – in the US through the GridWise and IntelliGrid initiatives, and in Europe under the SmartGrids European technology platform, all with the aim of evolving the electricity delivery system of the future.

Win a set of golf clubs at Smart Metering Canada 2007!

Golf ClubsDelegates attending Smart Metering Canada 2007 stand to win a set of titanium golf clubs, courtesy of Triacta Power Technologies.

All delegates will be invited to enter the draw for the golf clubs and the winner will receive a voucher which may then be exchanged for a customized set of clubs, similar to those illustrated here.

AMI, Smart Metering and Customer Management Tour

Gain first hand insight and expertise on AMI, smart metering, customer management in Texas. Join a five-day tour (6-11 May 2007) visiting utilities in Austin, Houston and San Antonio to learn about and view the roll-out of smart metering in the state.

The tour will also include consultant briefings providing an introduction to smart metering, and giving insight to the technologies and deployment options available to gas, water and electric utilities.

Metering, Billing/CIS America to host smart metering large scale roll-out SUPER...

A unique workshop – ‘Smart metering large scale roll-out SUPER WORKSHOP’ – on 9 May 2007 will form part of the pre-conference activities at the 8th annual Metering, Billing/CIS America conference and exhibition, taking place 7 - 11 May 2007 in San Antonio, Texas.

The agenda features a mix of experts such as installation contractors, utilities, consultants and vendors, who will talk about best practices and lessons learnt for effective project planning of large scale smart metering, and AMI or AMR, roll-outs. Some of the important issues that will be discussed include:

Wireless communication technology applications for networking power meter

Along with the modernisation of power systems, the compilation of power system information has become an important means to assist power supply corporations to improve their management and service levels. In order to resolve the problem of how the power meter will support this information collection, the meter communication function has become increasingly important, as the requirement for real-time communication has developed.

AMI utility market Major acquisition propels Sensus to the forefront

Ever since Sensus Metering Systems acquired Advanced Metering Data Systems (AMDS) earlier this year, the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) industry has watched Sensus make a serious play to be the leading AMI provider.

That’s due in large part to Sensus’ immediate success in capturing major contracts featuring FlexNet – an AMI system with international appeal that functions across the electricity, gas and water industries. FlexNet is a radio frequency fixed network utility meter reading system designed to increase meter reading efficiency, reduce overhead costs, and enhance customer service. FlexNet offers both two-way and one-way fixed-based monitoring for up to 770 km2 of coverage, depending on terrain, from one network tower. The patented technology allows for Internet-based programming of the network and meter endpoints. And the system is scalable to accommodate growth of a utility.

Expand SCADA with flexible high-end metering data

High-end polyphase electronic meters are a very versatile addition to a SCADA system. Next generation meters can communicate directly with a SCADA master station through communications processors, or they can poll existing remote terminal units (RTUs) in the substation, providing real time current, voltage, watt, and var data, and more.

Historically electrical substations have been a combination of dissimilar, independent islands of automation. Over time utilities have added devices to accommodate individual requirements in response to specific needs. These devices include panel meters; voltage, current, watt, and var transducers; capacitor controls; event loggers; digital fault recorders; and power quality data collectors.

New iMEGA gateway due in the new year

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Technology alliance aids customers seeking energy metering solution

Don WallaceDenver, CO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 11, 2006 – M2M Data Corporation, an Internet-based Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) company, and TransData, a global supplier of advanced metering infrastructure and wireless data telemetry solutions for utilities, have entered into a technology alliance under which the two companies will combine technologies to provide a comprehensive offering for customers seeking an enterprise-wide energy metering solution.

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