SMS to deliver an additional 1 million smart meters to UK consumers

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A new deal signed between smart infrastructure solutions firm Aclara and meter asset and services provider SMS will bring the UK a step closer to achieving its goal of equipping all gas, water and electric customers with smart meters.

The agreement between the two firms will see an additional one million smart meters, developed by Aclara, installed by SMS for UK residents. The smart meters will include Aclara’s ultrasonic SciFlo SMETS2 gas meter – a new dual-band device that was approved for mass deployment earlier this year. Aclara claims its gas meter has the potential to help address connectivity issues hindering consumers from switching energy retailers for better deals.

Approximately 25% of UK households including flats and homes with thick walls currently experience connectivity issues and are therefore are not enjoying the full advantages of smart metering.

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Tim Mortlock, Chief Operating Officer of SMS, said: “Our partnership with Aclara is not just about volume, it is also about delivering real innovation. As we continue to work together to develop next-generation devices for the UK market, our aim is to help energy suppliers and consumers realise maximum benefit from the smart transition through enabling smarter energy solutions, cost savings, and carbon reductions.”

This is not the first time SMS and Aclara have teamed up to deliver innovation in the metering space. Last August, SMS became the first installer in the country to fit a three-phase SMETS2 device after working with Aclara to develop the solution for UK utilities.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.