What is a ‘Smart’ Meter?


A ‘Smart Meter’ is any meter with electronic components and/or any electric battery operated meter that is capable of measuring, recording and sending data from a customer to the utility in a manner using one or two way communication IS a smart meter.

“Smart” Meters are digital utility meters that send customers’ detailed usage information to the utility using a radio-frequency transmitter (or over the power lines in the case of Powerline Carrier (PLC) systems.  Some meters (AMI mesh networks) also contain other capabilities, such as remote shut-off.   Smart Meters are part of a larger plan to change the electricity grid to a “smart” grid–though there is controversy about whether the customer meter is actually crucial to that change. Electric smart meters are replacing older analog style meters.

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