The hype and excitement surrounding smart electric meters has started to fade. Deployments of new smart meters are slowing in North America, following years of rapid rollouts sustained by US federal stimulus funding.
Smart Meters and Smart Meter Systems are being deployed throughout the world, and utilities are continuing their efforts to improve grid reliability and promote energy efficiency while providing improved services to their customers. However, concerns have been raised regarding not only the accuracy, security and integrity of these meters, but also with respect to the potential impacts of radio frequency (RF) exposure on the public. This report provides a basic overview for understanding how the electric utility industry seeks to ensure the appropriate level of accuracy, safety, and security. It also makes evident that before being accepted and deployed Smart Meters must meet a number of national standards and comply with state and local codes designed to ensure proper operation, functionality and safety.
While there are technological differences between Smart Meters and older mechanical metering devices, the electric industry exercises the same due diligence and precision for ensuring the accuracy of Smart Meters as it has to older mechanical metering devices for revenue billing application. The accuracy of Smart Meters, both in development and practice, has been confirmed to improve on the older electro-mechanical meter technology. All meters, regardless of technology and design, are required to meet national standards such as ANSI C12 for meter accuracy and operation before being installed.
Several Smart Meter Systems operate by transmitting information wirelessly. However, this has raised some concern about the health effects of wireless signals on electric consumers and the general public. However, studies show the RF exposures of Smart Meters are lower compared to other common sources in the home and operate significantly below Federal Communications Commission (FCC) exposure limits. Additional discussions explain how the location, distance from the transmitter, shielding by meter enclosures, attenuation of building materials, direction of RF emissions, and transmit duty cycle significantly reduce exposure to consumers.
What the Report Offers
· Market definition for the specified topic along with identification of key drivers and restraints for the market.
· Market analysis for the global smart meters market, with region specific assessments and competition analysis on a global and regional scale.
· Identification of factors instrumental in changing the market scenarios, rising prospective opportunities and identification of key companies which can influence the market on a global and regional scale.
· Extensively researched competitive landscape section with profiles of major companies along with their share of markets.
· Identification and analysis of the Macro and Micro factors that affect the global smart meters market on both global and regional scale.
· A comprehensive list of key market players along with the analysis of their current strategic interests and key financial information.
1.1 Report Guidance
1.2 Markets Covered
1.3 Key Points Noted
2. Executive Summary
3. Market Overview
3.2 Key Components of Smart Gas Meters
4. Market Inhibitors for Smart Gas Meters
4.1 Natural Gas
4.1.1 Natural Gas Price
5. Drivers, Constraints and Opportunities
5.1.2 Cathodic Protection
5.1.3 Remote Shutoff
5.2.1 Dependance on Natural Gas Trends
5.2.2 Future Integration Issues
5.3.1 Scope for New Technology Innovation
6. Smart Gas Meter Types
6.5 Ultrasonic Flow
7. Smart Gas Meter Modules
7.1 Itron ERTs
7.2 Aclara Modules
8.1 Electronic Index
9. North America Smart Gas Meter Market, by Country
9.1 United States
9.1.2 Market Demand to 2020
9.1.3 Recent Trends and Opportunities
9.1.4 Policies and Regulations
9.2.2 Market Demand to 2020
9.2.3 Recent Trends and Opportunities
9.2.4 Policies and Regulations
9.3.2 Market Demand to 2020
9.3.3 Recent Trends and Opportunities
9.3.4 Policies and Regulations
10.2 Market Share of Key Companies, by Country
10.3 Market Share of Key Companies, by Equipment
11. Company Profiles
11.2 GE Digital Energy
11.6 Nuri Telecom
11.8 Siemens Energy
11.9 Silver Spring Networks
12. Competitive Landscape
12.1 Deal Summary
12.1.2 Private Equity
12.1.3 Equity Offerings
12.1.4 Debt Offerings
12.1.6 Asset Transactions
12.2 Recent Developments
12.2.1 New Technology Inventions
12.2.2 New Contract Announcements
13.3 Market Definition
13.3.3 Secondary Research
13.3.4 Primary Research
13.3.5 Expert Panel Validation
13.4 Contact Us