|Currently, new flourishing technological developments have simplified and made more accessible applications that can help companies and households cut costs. In the case of gas and water meters, RF communication is an increasing requirement because of the increasing availability of AMI (advanced metering infrastructure) architecture, with the smart electricity meter often acting as the gateway to the utility for meter reading. Gas and water meters will communicate to the smart meter over the Home Area Network (HAN).
With these utilities communicating with each other, the consumer has a heightened understanding of his expenses and how they are related to his concrete energy usage. He can then use this information to adjust his behavior and thus lower his expenses while simultaneously avoiding needlessly wasting energy. In addition, utilities companies can use this information to improve their billing capabilities by gaining a comprehensive perception of consumer behavior.
Smaller and cheaper sensors, used in tandem with elaborate and expansive software allow users to reap significant benefits from smart meters. This must be complemented however by the utilization of advanced security systems to ensure that data cannot be tampered with.
Benefits: Better understanding of expenses, heightened ability to cut expenses, avoid wasting electricity