Smart meters record usage and automate communication between utilities and consumers, allowing utilities to automatically report on usage via wireless networks. Service personnel no longer need to take physical readings, and utilities have better customer data.
Meters use machine-to-machine (M2M) technology to analyze usage and digest price information, guiding loads to low-use periods when possible. Consumers get real-time data on when and where they're using energy and how much it costs. Smart metering can facilitate flexible demand management, measuring consumption and communicating that information back to the utility. And utitilities can manage devices remotely, updating meters and troubleshooting potential failures, as well as determining when replacement is necessary.
Connectivity is key to the effectiveness of smart metering, but the data generated from smart metering has the potential to expose sensitive customer information, and security is imperative. Wind River® provides a comprehensive and effective approach addressing connectivity, manageability, and security.
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