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BuddeComm Intelligence Report - Smart Grids - Smart Meter Market

The focus on energy savings and sustainability linked to the rapid development of smart technologies is seeing the focus shift – among all smart meter rollouts – to the broader issues of smart grids, and smart meters should be considered in the broader context of the modernisation of electricity networks through the introduction of sensing, communications and information technology into the grid (also known as M2M).

Europe and North America are rated as the most advanced adopters of smart metering technology. Smart meters have the ability to enable more complex time- and usage-based tariffs, which will drive change in customer behaviour and create increased opportunity for differentiation by the utilities. They also set the stage for greater use of discounts and incentives and a wider range of product offerings, including micro-generation and non-energy products. Smart meters are going to play a key role in smart grids as the in-house energy management tools for the users.

This BuddeComm Intelligence Report is designed to provide information on the global smart meter market and incorporate current observations, studies and trends.

Latest developments:

Many electricity distribution companies around the world are pushing ahead with smart meter rollouts; Consumers are not as accepting of this technology as the industry would hope; BuddeComm has been arguing since the mid-00s that smart meters are only one element – albeit an important one – in the overall smart grid and IoT concept; Smart metering will account for over 40% of installed M2M devices; Smart water meters will be relied on as a key element of future water systems.


1. Synopsis
2. Smart meters – global market summary
2.1 Customer interaction moves towards apps
3. What are smart meters?
3.1 Smart meter shipments and installed base
3.2 Smart Meter Revenues
4. The ongoing saga of not-so-smart meters
4.1 Smartphone lessons for smart meters
5. Open communication networks
6. Smart meters and consumer issues
6.1 The real concern about smart meters
7. Smart meters and the utilities
7.1 Product opportunities
7.2 Devices and applications
7.3 Events, messaging and notifications
8. Other smart meter opportunities
8.1 Smart water meter market
8.2 Cellular smart electricity market
8.3 Smart meters and M2M
8.4 Electric vehicles
8.5 Communities
8.6 Customer intelligence and beyond the meter
9. Brief case study: USA
9.1 Informed consumers show strong support of smart grids
9.2 US Smart Meter installation growth
10. Related reports
Table 1 – Worldwide smart meter shipments – 2012 - 2017
Table 3 – USA - smart meter installations by sector – 2011
Table 4 – USA - smart meter installations – 2007 - 2015
Exhibit 1 – Replacing old electricity meters
Exhibit 2 – Examples of leading smart meter manufacturers

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