More than 356,000 homes and businesses across northern, central, and southern are scheduled to get smart meters as part of four projects involving Cleco Power, Entergy New Orleans and the municipal utilities for Ruston and Lafayette. The deployments are funded in part through a United States Department of Energy grant. Meter installations are expected to begin in mid-2012 and will take about 18 months to complete.
From the two heads are better than one strategy, Itron and Landis+Gyr will integrate each other’s smart grid communication technology into their own advanced meters. Integrating Landis+Gyr communications technology into the Itron CENTRON II meter, and Itron communications into the Landis+Gyr FOCUS AX-SD meter, significantly broadens the choices utilities have in deploying sophisticated metering systems.
Globally, smart meters are amongst the fastest growing markets over the last couple of years. The extension of automated meter reading (AMR) is a smart meter; it comprises the whole range of metering devices, software, and communication media. The CMFE (Chemical, Material, Food and Energy) practice at Markets and Markets is pleased to announce its “Analyst Briefing Presentation” on the “Global Smart Meter Market by Shipments, Types, Geography, Applications, Regulations Market Trends & Forecasts: (2011-2016)” to be held on June 21, 2011.
In Europe alone (EU23+2) there are some 253 million electricity meters, 109 million gas meters and 3 million district heating meters. ( Berg Insight (2009)) Consequently, meter reading and management of remote meters is one of the core fundamentals of the utility and energy sector.
ECALIBER, a division of ERTH Holdings, has become the first company to be accredited by Measurement Canada to perform compliance sampling of both single and three phase electronic Smart Meters. ECALIBER is accredited by Measurement Canada to verify all types of hydro meters and have processed over 800,000 meters since it was established.
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced three advanced microcontroller (MCU) solutions that enable smart meters to be designed with tamper detection mechanisms and real time usage monitoring, providing customers an extra layer of security for their smart meter products.