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).

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.

Mesh network AMR assists multi-tenant facility managers

Emon logoLanghorne, PA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 23, 2006 – E-Mon, manufacturer of E-Mon D-Mon electronic submetering products and systems, has announced the addition of a wireless mesh communication system for automatic meter reading. The wireless AMR system is a unique mesh communication network that allows single-phase multi-tenant facility managers to monitor and bill for actual energy usage and evaluate energy consumption from submeters without costly wiring or communication cabling.

Itron completes acquisition of Flow Metrix

[img:Malcolm Unsworth.jpg|Malcolm Unsworth]Spokane, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 22, 2006 – Itron Inc., a technology provider to the global energy and water industries, has signed an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding capital stock of Flow Metrix, Inc. Flow Metrix develops and manufactures advanced leak detection systems for underground pipelines which allow customers to reduce their ‘unaccounted for’ water and improve efficiency.

IBM plans to roll out BPL in India

India New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 22, 2006 – Consultancy firm IBM has announced that it is having discussions with state utility boards and power utilities in India to conduct a significant deployment of BPL next month. The deployment will focus particularly on rural areas.

Water meters could soon be compulsory in the U.K.

Ian PearsonLondon, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 21, 2006 – Only 26 per cent of households in the U.K. have a water meter installed – but this could soon change, following an announcement by Environment Minister Ian Pearson that a consultation on metering will take place early in 2007.

Jekyll official distributor for Primestone Automatic Meter Reading Software

United Kingdom Aldermaston, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 21, 2006 – U.K.-based Jekyll Electronic Technology, a manufacturer of 'zero power' telemetry technology and products for industrial communications and instrumentation applications, has been appointed as official distributor for the Primestone range of Automatic Meter Reading Software (AMRS). Jekyll is responsible for the sales and support of this new software, which complements its existing range of telemetry solutions, including modems, for the utility industry.

FirstEnergy enhances communications system

Ohio 2Akron, Ohio, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 20, 2006 – FirstEnergy Corp., an energy company with headquarters in Ohio, U.S., has installed a fully integrated digital wireless communications solution which will also allow remote automation of fixed assets such as advanced metering and telemetry. FirstEnergy will use Sprint Nextel voice services, including Nextel Direct Connect, as it moves from its current private radio network to the Nextel National Network.

PG&E installs first SmartMeter

Peter DarbeeSan Francisco, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 17, 2006 – Leaders from U.S. utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) have celebrated the installation of the first SmartMeter™ electric and gas meters, kicking off a five-year program to deploy 10.3 million such meters throughout PG&E’s service territory. The SmartMeter program will eventually offer a wide range of customer service benefits, while reducing utility costs.

IEC publishes new standard for meter data exchange

IEC LogoGeneva, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- November 17, 2006 – The IEC has published “Electricity Metering – Data exchange for meter reading, tariff and load control – Part 47: COSEM transport layers for IPv4 networks, as part of the work carried out by TC 13 – Equipment for electrical energy measurement and load control.

Dominican Republic’s EDESUR to install AMI for C&I customers

EdesurSt. Louis, MO --- (METERING.COM) --- November 14, 2006 – Empresa Distribuidora de Electricidad del Sur (EDESUR), one of the three government-owned utilities in Dominican Republic, is to instal Distribution Control Systems, Inc.’s Two-Way Automatic Communication System (TWACS®) AMI for its commercial and industrial (C&I) customers.

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