The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has selected Sensus to provide its FlexNet communications network for an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) program. The utility will deploy FlexNet across its service territory and retrofit all commercial meters with smart endpoints to improve operational efficiency and adhere to water conservation programs in the metro Albuquerque area.
British Telecom is partnering with Arqiva and Detica to offer a dedicated and secure long-range radio communications solution to help the Government meet the 2020 deadline for deploying smart energy meters across the majority of UK homes and small businesses. BT’s backing of the long-range radio initiative comes after the telecom spent 18 months analysing different communications options available to meet the needs of the smart metering initiative. Unlike mobile, long-range radio can provide national coverage and reliable reception indoors. BT notes that because long-range radio operates on dedicated licensed spectrum. “It is ideal in ensuring the security of supply and protection of consumer data while meeting the needs of the Energy Industry.”
While much of the world continues to struggle with the deployment of smart meters, several companies in Finland have already implemented smart grid technologies. Cleantech Finland, a collective of top 100 Finnish cleantech companies that specialize in energy-efficiency, clean industrial processes and bioenergy, and the Cluster for Energy and Environment consortium (CLEEN) will demonstrate their smart grid technology ecosystem at this week’s Nordic Green II conference in Palo Alto on April 27-28.
A Pike Research Report asserts that smart meters will be increasingly involved in home area networking. It is anticipated that HAN-capabilities will be embedded in 49 percent of all smart meters shipped by 2013. In North America, HAN-enabled smart meters will account for 81 percent of the market.