BT announced yesterday that it is joining forces with Arqiva and Detica to offer a long-range radio communications solution for the rollout of smart meters in the UK.
The Government will publish a prospectus in the coming months providing details of its planned rollout of smart meters to 28 million homes and small businesses by 2020. Once complete, the initiative could help reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 2.6 million tonnes a year.
The three partners plan to formally launch their proposal in September, following a review of the Government’s plans.
BT has decided to back the long-range radio option, which has proved successful in North America, after an 18-month analysis because it provides nationwide coverage and reliable reception inside.
The solution proposed by the companies would provide a dedicated network specifically for the smart metering to ensure security of supply and protection of consumer data.
Arqiva brings its radio spectrum and extensive radio infrastructure to the table, Detica its information and infrastructure security services and BT will manage the project. Sensus will add its FlexNetTM long-range radio smart meter and smart grid technology to the mix.
“BT is determined to be at the heart of the project,” says strategy director Olivia Garfield. “We believe that long range radio is the only technology to offer nationwide coverage and we will release more detail in September.”
For further information:
Smart meters not enough to cut domestic energy consumption (1-Jul)
Higher bills and privacy worries will deter customers from smart meters (22-Apr)
Allaying consumer privacy concerns key to UK smart meter roll out (25-Mar)
UK Government unveils final smart meter roll out plans (2-Dec 2009)
20 July 2010