Reducing smart metering installation costs
Utilities and their customers could achieve substantial savings through quicker, simpler
installation of smart metering communications technology.
The dramatic difference in costs is based on the level of coverage and ease of installation of
smart metering communications using long-range radio (LRR) versus communications using
SmartReach has calculated the installation costs for smart metering communications using
different technologies. Using LRR, fewer, shorter, installation visits per home would lead
to lower costs. Savings are increased when this is combined with reduced equipment and
support costs from using a single communications technology.
Quicker, simpler installation will be crucial to the success of the programme. It will be more
convenient for consumers and help to increase support for the smart metering programme, as
well as aiding energy suppliers in their efforts to re-build customer trust.
Long-range radio is the only viable technology to be able to reach meters wherever they are
located. As a result, nearly all meters can be connected using this single technology in just
one visit. Based on over 10 million meters and smart grid “end-points” deployed in North
America, as well as trials in Great Britain, first time connection rates of 99% and above are
Taking the same approach for the installation of smart metering communications in homes
across Great Britain could lead to significant cost savings, as well as helping to build vital
consumer support for the programme.