The Importance of Buy-in from the User

In 2009 IBM launched a pilot water study that enabled residents, who recently had smart water meters installed, to visually monitor their water consumption through a web-based portal.  This near real time monitoring helps households to identify leaks and benchmark their usage with other households.  The goal of the study is reducing waist.  The pilot study is essential to understanding households interaction with a smart meter and ensuring buy-in and ownership.  Smart water meters as a standalone will not impact water consumption.  “If you can get citizen buy-in and make them a part of the process, you’ll have a better project in the end,” said Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol.

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First and largest smart-grid-connected streetlight project in U.S.

What makes the latest project from Florida Power & Light and Silver Spring Networks so unique?  It is the “single largest public lighting network to be deployed in North America, and notably, the first to ride on the same network used for smart metering”, according to Sterling Hughes, Silver Spring’s senior director of advanced technology.

So what are the benefits of having a lighting system on a smart metering network?

  • Better and more efficient diagnostics
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Planned operational improvements
  • Adding lighting control to an existing smart meter network shouldn’t be too much of an added cost
  • A SilverLink Sensor Network is designed with networking nodes programmed as “virtual sensors” to parse and prioritize certain data for different operations

It is important to note that having “digitally controllable LEDs” is essential for keeping costs low on installing a wireless connection.

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