Meeting the Design Challenges of Smart Metering



A smart meter is an electronic device that records and reports, via some kind of communications network, the consumption of a utility service, such as the supply of electricity, gas, water, or heating/cooling. In this whitepaper, we explore the fundamentals of smart metering and some of the benefits and challenges that come with it.



Introduction

Smart meters eliminate the need for utility companies to manually read meters or provide estimated bills, and therefore have the potential to significantly reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction, while providing other benefits to be outlined later in this article. The first patents related to automatic meter reading were filed in the1970s, but it wasn’t until after the turn of the century that any kind of significant smart meter deployments really began. Within the last decade or so a few countries, including Sweden, have essentially moved all electricity customers over to smart meters.

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