International deployments of automated metering devices


Worldwide deployments of automated metering units through 2007 were 179 million units, according to the newly released 7th edition of the Scott Report: International Deployments of Automated Metering Devices.

The top three suppliers were Echelon, Itron and Cellnet. However, North American dominance of the automated metering industry is gradually changing as Chinese and European companies increase shipments.

Though most shipments annually are historically within North America, that statistic changed in 2006. There are already at least 122 automated metering projects in China and other activity is evident throughout Asia, while in Europe 721 automated metering projects have been identified. Noteworthy also is the emergence of large prepayment projects that are beginning to appear in Africa and South America.

The number of active vendors in Europe is also rapidly climbing and companies are showing technical innovation in Israel, South Africa and in the Australia/New Zealand marketplace.

 The Scott Report is compiled and published by Smart Energy International and Cognyst Advisers and is the only report which details independent, unbiased analysis of activities in the AMR, prepayment and sub-metering industries worldwide. The 7th edition contains updated information on deployments up to 1 January 2008.

Howard Scott, author of the report, says that deployments are expected to remain strong worldwide in 2008. “AMR and prepayment deployments are growing rapidly, so the longterm trend is strongly positive,” he says.

Published in June 2008, this report is the most up-to-date information available on sales and installations, with information provided by manufacturers in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia. All vendors that provide AMR products and the areas that they serve are identified, making it useful for utilities that want to make an AMR decision and do not know where to look for unbiased information.

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