Firms test GSM electric meter reader

UK electricity suppliers have been assessing a handheld device that enables meter readings to be transmitted via mobile phone...

UK electricity suppliers have been assessing a handheld device that enables meter readings to be transmitted via mobile phone networks.

Business electricity suppliers including Economy Power and BizzEnergy have been looking at BGlobal Metering's Smartmeter device for conducting wireless meter readings.

Peter Kennedy, managing director at BGlobal Metering, described the device as "a mobile phone in a meter".

The device uses Orange's GSM/GPRS service to transmit a meter reading collected on the phone's Sim card to the BGlobal datacentre, where it is logged and aggregated to provide trend analysis data. The data is fed to electricity suppliers for billing purposes. Kennedy said the system also enabled businesses to see how much electricity they use.

The Orange Sim card on the device is programmed to collect and transmit data using a form of text messaging.

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