The SmartMeter device utilizes standard IP communications over public wireless networks. The move represents the first mass residential deployment of a smart metering technology using public wireless networks as its communications backbone, according to the company.
Using public wireless networks, rather than private network solutions, results in greater cost savings and the flexibility to incorporate new technology in the future, according to the company.
The decision follows a smaller roll-out to 10,000 energy customers, which achieved a 99.96% successful read rate, according to the company.
This new 231,000 unit deployment will enable TNMP to monitor and identify trends on customer usage data at 15-minute intervals, expand capabilities to support energy management, and provide a Home Area Network communications gateway enabling retail energy providers to manage demand response and energy efficiency activities. TNMP customers will gain the ability to monitor and regulate electricity usage via the Internet and home devices. The technology will also help TNMP provide faster and safer response to customer service requests and power outages, while reducing its meter reading, work order costs and overall carbon footprint resulting from lower truck use.
Environmental Leader previously reported that SmartSynch has partnered with the University of Mississippi to monitor the university’s energy consumption.