Communication Technologies in Smart Metering

Smart meters, part of advanced metering infrastructure program are the single largest source of data.

Recorded: 19 Sep 2016

Webinar Overview

Worldwide, metering systems are changing. There is a move to involve the end user of energy in the conservation process. Smart meters, through in-home displays, allow consumers to understand energy usage. This is instrumental in increasing the participation of end users of electricity in conservation.

The right communications technology is important in providing low cost, uninterrupted supply of energy, by providing information to the supplier of energy, who use the data to make informed decisions about their service to consumers. As services improve so does  comfort. To achieve this, it is important for energy suppliers to use accurate consumption data to assess their system. Further analysis of data helps in understanding usage and consumption patterns enabling informed decisions.

Smart meters, part of an advanced metering infrastructure are the single largest source of data. In this webinar, we will cover the system, from the meter to head end, communication models and the challenges in using them. The technologies covered are:

  • Cellular (GPRS/3G/4G) point-to-point solution,
  • Private Radio Network (Star / Mesh topology) up to data concentrator and cellular from the concentrator to the head end system
  • Power Line communication up to data concentrator and cellular from the concentrator to the head end system