July 18th 2012
Scottish Power is collaborating with Siemens and SmartReach to commence a smart metering trial in Ipswich for 1,000 of its customers. The main aim of the trial will be to test long-range radio communications networks and discover the percentage of smart meters that have a reliable first time connection.
SmartReach, is a consortia consisting of Arqiva, BT, BAE Systems Detica and Sensus. David Green, smart metering director at Arqiva – speaking on behalf of SmartReach commented “the trial would be the first to test systems end to end”.
Thames Water is also collaborating with SmartReach in smart meter trials. Green commented that the water sector should not be ignored in smart meter plans. “It would be foolish for the UK to do one system for smart metering, one for smart grids and another for water”.
Andrew Ward, operations director at Scottish Power, said “This trial will help us to evaluate the potential of long-range radio to reach meters wherever they are located, with the goal of achieving high first-time connection rates and on-going high levels of reliability.”