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2022-08-21
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According to the data, as public utility companies in various fields are developing towards digitalization, this undoubtedly accelerates the direct demand for communication instruments, and the global measurement field is expected to achieve the following data results in 2019

the shipment volume of electricity, water and gas meters will exceed 365million, with a new increment of 1million units per day; Communication instruments accounted for 46%, of which gas meters were the least, but still accounted for 25% of the shipment; Nearly two thirds of all communication instruments shipped in North America will have AMI function; The number of communication instruments installed in the world has exceeded 700million and is growing rapidly

investment in applications other than billing

for a long time, people's understanding of intelligent meters has remained in billing and saving manual meter reading. Although many utility companies also support improving their service performance by using small energy repeated impact (or impact fatigue) experiments to measure customer service, more investment and less return. In fact, the initial investment in communication instruments has brought some additional benefits to utility companies and customers, such as the average energy consumption per user has decreased by 10%. However, intelligent instrument data has more and more new applications and benefits, which can promote higher-level investment

energy efficiency

nowadays, people pay more and more attention to energy efficiency in residential, commercial and industrial fields. Legislation is an important factor in promoting energy efficiency, such as the EU 2020 energy strategy, which requires energy efficiency to be increased by 20% by 2020. Many large commercial and industrial companies have been committed to promoting energy efficiency reform for many years. For example, petroflow energy recently published an article jointly with Intel, indicating that its new data software solution has reduced energy consumption by 43%. Intelligent instruments can measure data accurately and timely, which promotes the investment in instruments, especially in the field of industry and commerce

storm damage control

how to reduce the losses caused by storm damage is particularly important in storm prone areas such as the United States. The frequency and severity of storms have led to higher loss costs for utility companies. In the United States, there were 23 storms and hurricanes in the hurricane season in 2017, and Maria alone caused about $90billion in damage. Therefore, some state utility companies are investing in new technologies to reduce the losses caused by the storm. For example, avangrid announced that it would invest $500million in smart meters. Intelligent metering data can quickly cut off power supply, reduce downtime and restore power supply faster

energy theft

reducing the losses caused by energy theft has always been the standard to measure AMI system. In view of more and more methods of energy theft and instrument tampering, some countries will conduct strict tests on instruments before installing them. In India, electricity meters require 40 different tamper testing methods to be approved for installation. However, another solution to effectively reduce energy theft is to monitor meter data to analyze any changes. Most instrument suppliers have developed software that can alarm when instrument data changes (e.g., data suddenly decreases and data is not displayed) and further investigate. In the case of energy supply shortage, this kind of income protection becomes more important for utility companies

all these application systems will make more use of the data generated by instruments and their communication networks. Utility companies began to invest in the four branches of IOT - connection, collection, calculation and creation. From 2016 to 2023, the investment in AMI solutions for electricity and water meters will exceed $75billion

factors affecting the installation of smart metering

although all these factors may accelerate the installation speed of smart metering, the impact has not changed significantly in the short term. No matter now or in the future, the main demand of intelligent measurement is always data transmission

at present, the deployment of IOT by public utility companies is mainly based on the cost of communication technology, rather than technical advantages. The overall cost may be affected by the following five main aspects: predetermined factors, hardware costs, operating costs, data management costs, and supply costs

booking factors

booking factors include environment, population density and legislation, which cannot be changed by utility companies. For example, EU regulations require some countries to complete the installation of smart meters in. Due to the consideration of cost-effectiveness and stability, these countries will choose to install technologies that can be realized faster, without more time to wait for updated solutions, including networks

acquisition cost factor

in addition to the predetermined factor, the acquisition cost factor becomes more unique for a single utility company and its deployed intelligent measurement system. The choice of communication technology will affect the other four factors and cause changes in acquisition costs. At least in terms of intelligent measurement, there is no solution that can monopolize the market in 2019 and beyond, and promote the domestic aluminum materials of civil aircraft to advance to the international advanced level. As shown in the following icon, from 2017 to 2024, no technology plays a leading role in the shipment of instrument hardware

in the long run, investment in AMI solutions and their communication networks will increasingly consider additional ROIs and data usage. Applications such as energy efficiency, storm damage control and energy theft should become a more important part of the installation process. However, in the short term, as AMI has become a leading IOT solution for utility companies, it seems that there will be no project to adopt integrated meters in 2019

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