Smart meters or dumb meters?


Conference: Smart Metering West Coast 2006
Location: San Fransisco
Presenter: Hugh Patrick
Abstract: Presented by Hugh Patrick at Smart Metering West Coast 2006. Utilities today that are contemplating the deployment of AMI systems have a choice between systems that utilize dumb meters as endpoints and concentrate metrology functionality in head end software or those which utilize smart meters which calculate and store values in the meter.  Factors which must be considered in deciding between the two include legal requirements for verifiability of meter data and whether meter data will be used by in-home devices such as displays, smart thermostats or home automation gateways. This talk will explore the benefits and  drawbacks of both approaches.