Bringing the smarts to household energy

Daly International is helping to bring smart meters to Britain’s homes.

Smart meters are expected to replace millions of manually read gas and electricity meters in homes and small businesses over the next few years. The systems are designed to record consumption of electricity and gas automatically, and relay the information to the utility companies.

The Government estimates smart metering will deliver around £7 billion in benefits to homes and businesses nationwide, and is an integral part of Britain’s digital and energy-efficient future.

Communications technology plays a crucial role – smart meters depend on the two way communication of data so that consumers can benefit from more accurate billing as well as real-time information to put them in control of managing and saving energy.

Real-time control of producing, consuming and regulating devices will increase the efficiency and capacity of grids. This will help utilities to delay or avoid investments which could save billions of pounds.

Arqiva has signed the contract to provide the communications service for smart meters in Scotland and Northern England. The smart metering communications network will support the mass rollout of smart meters and become part of Britain’s critical national infrastructure.

Arqiva will invest in a new smart communications network and equipment. This will provide a private, secure, and resilient communications service to support the mass rollout of smart metres from the end of 2015.

Daly International has been instructed on more than 500 sites in northern England to take right through from initial feasibility of new or existing Arqiva installations to commissioning and integration. Our team currently includes acquisition surveyors, planners, design engineers and CAD personnel taking the initial instructions through to the early phases.

“This is an exciting and important project for Daly International,” said UK Managing Director, Phil Turner.

The British market creates unique challenges for smart metering communications, not least the need to reach meters in all homes, including in “hard to reach” locations.