“And one thing the utility did not really plan for was that old meters, which spin, the rate at which it spins slows down — as they get older they spin slower, and so there were customers being underbilled… until the smartmeter.”
The British deployment will start in 2014, said Ravens. Customers will have to opt-in to share data with their utility, but many will believe that their preferneces will be secretly ignored.
In the British deployment the DCC (Data communications company) will be one of IBM, HP and Logica/CGI – the only companies are tendering for th contract.
“They will collect all the data from smart meters,” said Ravens – “the consumer might not be sharing it with the utility but the government might get it.”