This Guidehouse Insights paper describes the latest innovation in next-generation smart meters — inside-the-meter intelligence — and how it can help utilities meet the challenges of a flexible, more distributed grid. But not all next-generation meters are equal. The paper highlights what is required to truly revolutionize customer engagement and grid operations:
- High resolution waveform data with very high sample rates (at least 15,000 samples per second) to enable device identification at the appliance level .
- Enough edge computing power that has access to the raw data stream to run applications on the meter
- Low latency networking via Wi-Fi or cellular to support real-time consumer engagement (with delays within one or two seconds).