Worldwide smart meter revenue to surpass USD12 Billion in 2016, says In-Stat

Worldwide smart meter revenue to surpass USD12 Billion in 2016, says In-Stat

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“ZigBee has been considered the front-running short range connectivity option for smart grid since its inception, and has maintained its position so far. While the number of ZigBee clients in homes to date is relatively small, In-Stat believes that ZigBee will maintain its dominance,” says Allen Nogee, Research Director. “Although Wi-Fi is pervasive, it has not been a viable choice for the smart grid because the application layers have never existed for Wi-Fi that explain exactly how Wi-Fi devices interact. That will all change with the passage of the IP-based Smart Energy Profile 2.0, expected late in 2012.”

Recent In-Stat research found that Powerline is the clear leader in backhaul connectivity from the meter to the utility. However, we are seeing an increasing number of wireless solutions including cellular, white space, and proprietary methods that would use unlicensed and operate in mesh configuration. China, the world’s biggest energy consumer, is also the biggest smart meter consumer. The number of smart meters deployed in the US per year will decrease after peaking in 2011, but worldwide smart meter deployment will continue to grow.

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More information about this report at Getting Smart on Worldwide Smart Meter Communication Technology.


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