These new smart meters are just being deployed and being installed in households and businesses. There are so many requirements, different types of specifications and regulations that have to be carefully followed in order to make sure the production of the smart meters and the utilities are being produced according to plan. All the plans drawn up are said to work brilliantly, of course this is all theoretical, when in fact we start turning these plans into reality, things may not always go according to plan.
Once all the designs have been approved and certified, they are then sent towards the manufacturing process to to be manufactured and then sent off to the testing department. It is here that these products are all tested, and only now will the manufacturer be able to find out how accurately the products work. This is still not applicable to all the products because they are not individually tested rather approved through a statistical sample testing.
The accuracy of the meter
All these new UK and New Zealand smart utilities and meters have one thing in common, it is that they all have an overall better connectivity as opposed to the old electronic ones. The smart meters are built in a way to easily connect the consumer and the supplier. All the real time information on how much energy has been used is automatically and wirelessly sent to a central hub which then processes these information and sends it to the suppliers for further analysis. These method eliminates the possibility of any kind of tampering done to the meter. As sophisticated as this machine is, one thing that cannot be done is the check of accuracy, which can only be done by the touch of humans, which will invariably take a longer time to perform.
There is quite the need for there to be accurate monitoring of UK and New Zealand smart utilities and meters to give the analysts all the information they require to make calculated decisions for the utility maintenance for years to come. The more accurate and the constant collection of the data will be, the more possibilities that will come our way.
The need for a solution
Until now there have been no methods to be able to constantly and accurately test these meters. There is also no way to be able to identify and also be able to report these noted changes in the equipment accuracy, creating a need to change the way these meters are monitored.
Coming up with new methods to check the accuracy of these machines without disrupting their core functions is a necessity if we want to see a positive outcome towards the future of the market.
Harold Prado April 19th, 2016
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