Smart Meters Articles

  • Smart Water Metering For Smart Cities

    One of a city’s most important pieces of critical infrastructure is its water system. With populations in cities growing, it is inevitable that water consumption will grow as well. The term “smart water” points to water and wastewater infrastructure management system. A smart water system is designed to gather meaningful and actionable data about the flow, pressure and ...

  • Sound recording to characterize outdoor tap water use events

    Obtaining disaggregated water use at the home typically involves expensive smart metering. In this study, water use events at the outdoor tap were captured using recorded sound. Outdoor taps at 10 homes were fitted with small-sized microphones and digital sound recorders. Sound files recorded over a 1-month period were used in the analysis. In the preliminary analysis, a human operator browsed ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Energy management for smart community

    Under the project title “Smartes Yspertal” an energy management concept for municipal administration buildings was created in the 1,900 inhabitant community in Lower Austria. Savings potential and inefficiencies in public buildings are thus to be shown. Microtronics has equipped the buildings with data loggers of the type ...

  • Switch2 Energy is shortlisted for trio of awards for excellence in district heating

    Switch2 Energy has been shortlisted for a trio of energy industry awards for its smart metering technology that is helping to decarbonise heat networks and cut costs for customers. The company has reached the finals of the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) Awards in the Innovation and Customer Engagement ...


    By Switch2 Energy Limited

  • Linking water consumption smart metering with census data to improve demand management

    This study uses high-frequency water consumption data from 311 smart meters to link consumption with census data. For this purpose a well-established procedure was adopted. Results include the identification of the socio-demographic profiles associated to low, medium, medium-high and high water consumption groups and distinct daily consumption patterns in terms of the period of the day with ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 10 Dumb Things Smart People Do When Testing Electricity

    Be safe when testing electricity. Quick reminder of what NOT to do when taking electrical measurements. Anyone who makes their living by working with electricity quickly develops a healthy respect for anything with even a remote chance of being “live.” Yet the pressures of getting a job done on time or getting a mission-critical piece of equipment back on line can sometimes ...


    By IndustryFriend

  • Why we need to get enthusiastic about smart energy meters

    The national rollout of smart energy meter systems will give power back to consumers while helping to create a sustainable energy future - but only if the technology is adopted enthusiastically. Paul Rafis explains why we need to promote a culture of proactivity to make the smart meter project successful.   The fight for energy sustainability is being ...


    By Business Gas.com

  • Consumption estimation with a partial automatic meter reading deployment

    Automatic water meter reading (AMR) is now the best kind of technology to supply real time information on water consumption. Complete equipment of a district metered area enables the assessment of the total consumption of a finite size population, for a time scale sometimes as short as an hour. However, its cost for generalization can generate high capital expenditures (CAPEX), unaffordable for ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Smart metering use cases to increase water and energy efficiency in water supply systems

    Efficient water and energy use in water distribution systems is being limited by the lack of sufficient data about water and related energy consumption. Therefore, it is crucial to provide updated and continuous feedback information to water users. This paper describes relevant use cases to improve efficient water use and related energy consumption by water utilities and consumers through the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A new approach to improve water loss control using smart metering data

    The control of water losses is a major concern in the sustainability of urban water utilities and in promoting the efficient use of this natural resource. Recent advances in telemetry technology provide high-resolution consumption data at the consumer level, allowing for a remarkable knowledge improvement on the different water balance components. However, few studies focus on systematic ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Sub-metering of natural gas-flexible flow measurement delivers improved accuracy and substantial savings

    Introduction Unlike oil, natural gas exists in abundance in the United States. Of the natural gas consumed in the United States in 2011,95% was produced domestically. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects U.S. natural gas production to increase from 23.0 trillion cubic feet in 2011 to 33.1 trillion cubic feet in 2040, a 44% increase. Almost all of this increase in ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • New Energy Smart Meter Rules Approved

    Ofgem has approved new industry rules designed to “protect and empower” domestic and business energy consumers. The code, ...

  • Adding Big Data and Analytics to the Smart Building Equation

    Continuing our series of articles on Innovation we talked to Dave Bartlett, Vice President, IBM Smarter Physical Infrastructure, about IBM’s vision for the Smart Building market and the key emerging technologies. There seem to be many definitions of ‘Smart’ Buildings. How do you define ‘Smart’ and what is IBM’s vision for this market? Is it just about reducing ...

  • World Forum to Examine Latest Microgrid Advances and Opportunities

    Interest in microgrids as a strategy for ensuring energy security and reliability is growing worldwide, especially in the wake of events such as Hurricane Sandy. Military installations, hospitals, data centers and remote off-grid regions that must have dependable power – no matter what – are increasingly turning to the microgrid paradigm. This is helping to drive a projected 330% ...

  • ‘Energy democracy’ becomes more real

    Will new technologies democratize energy much the way the Internet did information? Industry movement seems to point in that direction with the rise of the smart grid, time-of-day pricing, distributed solar, and the electric vehicle. Together these technologies offer a vision of a less centralized energy system, one where communities and households ‘vote in’ or shape the electric grid ...

  • Smart buildings: ten trends to watch in 2012 and beyond

    Buildings are becoming smarter through the deployment of intelligent and energy efficient technologies that reduce energy consumption while making buildings easier to manage and operate. Demand for efficient HVAC and lighting systems, as well as other types of hardware like controls and submeters, is growing as the value proposition for energy efficiency is proven again and again. In addition, ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Using smart meters to identify social and technological impacts on residential water consumption

    Studies have shown that householders' perceptions of their water use are often not well matched with their actual water use. There has been less research, however, investigating whether this bias is related to specific types of end use and/or specific types of socio-demographic and socio-demographic household profiles. A high resolution smart metering study producing a detailed end use event ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • City of Groningen – going for sustainable

    The city of Groningen, counting over 180,000 inhabitants is the largest city of the northern provinces of the Netherlands. The city is known for its lovely architecture, its vibrant nightlife and many cultural destinations. And lately the city wants to be known as well for its ambition to become Holland’s most sustainable city. Energy saving is the most effective way to obtain ...


    By eSight Energy

  • Your electric meter: A villain or hero?

    Before energy became a hot topic, no one cared about the electric meter.  It was the box on the house we all ignored except the guy from the utility who dodged the barking dogs to take a reading from it once in awhile. It is a sign of our times that this box now inspires enough emotion for people to take to the streets. Protesters gathered outside the California Public Utilities Commission ...

  • Multivariate consumption profiling (MCP) for intelligent meter systems: a methodology to define categories and levels

    Multivariate Consumption Profiling (MCP) is a methodology to analyse the readings made by Intelligent Meter (IM) systems. Even in advanced water companies with well supported IM, full statistical analyses are not performed, since no efficient methods are available to deal with all the data items. Multivariate Analysis has been proposed as a convenient way to synthesise all IM information. MCP ...


    By IWA Publishing

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