Building Smart Metering products is complex. The device must safely and securely measure energy consumption as meters have done for decades, but a Smart Meter must also accurately calculate bills, be a part of the energy supplier’s systems and be a part of the customer’s information network.
The Smart Meter can be seen as part of the on-going Internet-of-Things (IoT) and cloud revolution. It is also a key part of the national smart grid infrastructure. You won’t yet be controlling your Smart Meter with your phone, but you will have access to your bill, your energy use and innovative Smart tariffs that can meter energy at special rates and times. Smart metering is all about communications, but not those prevalent in a typical cloud.