Metering & Smart Energy International - A Week in Smart Metering

Metering & Smart Energy International asks which communication technology will ensure a reliable transmission of smart meter data.
Published: Thu 29 Oct 2015

We have been hearing hearing bullish statements from the G3-PLC camp around the reliable transmission of smart meter data, writes Rose Bundock, digital editor of Metering & Smart Energy International. 

German powerline communications company Devolo announced this week it is entering the Irish market in a bid to tap into the need for 2.2 million connected smart meters by 2020.

Devolo said it has tested its G3-PLC technology using the frequency band between 150 and 500 kHz for wide area network communication with German energy company Vattenfall Europe Metering and four network operators.

Devolo said the results demonstrate that G3-PLC has the requisite bandwidth for smart metering.

(And at the risk of stirring, Devolo says that no other G3-PLC technology has undergone such comprehensive, hands-on testing to date.)

On a similarly confident note, Landis+Gyr’s country manager for Switzerlandearlier this month, said that its G3-PLC technology is a “proven success” in the country having completed multiple tests and is ready for use in smart metering. 

So that’s one side of the connectivity story. How are the other technologies getting on in the field? Write to me with your radio frequency and cellular wireless successes and let's level the playing field -

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