On 30 June for the first time since the birth of its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) initiative in 2006, Hydro One began using energy consumption data collected wirelessly from smart meters to calculate monthly electricity bills for select customers throughout the province of Ontario.
For this critical next step, Hydro One selected more than 25,000 smart meters deployed between 2006 to 2008 by SmartSynch, a provider of public wireless smart metering technology. Network connectivity for the project is provided in partnership with Rogers Wireless, Canada’s largest telecommunications company.
To date, Hydro One has deployed approximately 500,000 smart meters, provided by a smart meter team consisting of multiple vendor partners. In 2007, an international panel of judges recognized the utility for its strategic vision by naming it winner of the Utility Planning Network’s 2007 Metering Award in the category of Automated Meter Reading Initiative.