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Zigbee tops smart meter choice

Posted: 17 Aug 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart meter  wireless  smart grid 

Zigbee leads W-Fi in worldwide smart meter deployments that is expected to touch Rs.53,811.66 crore ($12 billion) by 2016, according to In-Stat.

"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," said Allen Nogee, research director at In-Stat. "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."

The research titled "Getting Smart on Worldwide Smart Meter Communication Technology" found that powerline is the leader in backhaul connectivity from the meter to the utility. However, In-Stat has observed an increasing number of wireless solutions including cellular, white space and proprietary methods that would use unlicensed and operate in mesh configuration. In addition, the number of smart meters deployed in the U.S. per year will decrease after peaking in 2011, but worldwide smart meter deployment will continue to grow while the world's biggest energy consumer—China—is also considered the biggest smart meter consumer.

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