Reading meters using SMS text messaging


Clarity DR is a new data retrieval service launched by Stark, which uses SMS text messaging to read non-half hourly electricity meters, making AMR more affordable in this market. The meter is a ‘one box’ solution which integrates both the metrology and the communications, reducing hardware costs. In addition sending SMS text messages is less expensive than renting fixed phone lines and paying call charges.

Another innovative aspect is that Stark has implemented an inbound technology that uses existing public mobile networks. This makes Clarity DR highly scaleable and both easy and inexpensive to deploy.