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_hm
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Re: Accute shortage of trained person
_hm   2/28/2013 7:29:28 PM
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@TaimoorZ: This is high risk item to install. One needs license to do this work and service provider may not allow other to do it. It also seals to prevent theft from power line.

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Re: A need for Smart Meters
Anna young   2/28/2013 6:00:19 PM
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Nicole, thanks again for your contribution. I agree this is a strategic innovation.

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Re: Reducing energy loss
Anna young   2/28/2013 5:45:23 PM
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HH, you're correct. Smart metering device is advantageous to both consumers and electronics Supply chain.

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Re: A need for Smart Meters
The Source   2/28/2013 10:24:09 AM
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Anna,

Smart meters are catching on in the US.  In fact according to figures from the US Energy Information Administration, at the end of 2011 more than 33 million U.S. customers had smart meters. EIA numbers in 2012 showed continued progress in smart meter adoption with nearly 3 million additional smart meter installations between January and August. This is a very lucrative market for IBM, Cisco and others.  Thanks for your wonderful article on this topic.

 

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Re: makes sense
Hospice_Houngbo   2/28/2013 8:03:54 AM
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@FLYINSCOT,

" It would then mean they could make all the real humans redundant"

I suppose, some jobs will be lost with the adoption of smart meters as human reading will no longer be necessary. Somebody will have to pay the price. 

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Reducing energy loss
Hospice_Houngbo   2/28/2013 7:48:29 AM
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By monitoring energy consumption with smart devices, the supply chain industry will certainly reduce energy loss and optimize productivity.

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Re: makes sense
Anna young   2/28/2013 6:41:51 AM
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 @ FlyingScot, I agree it will remove meter readers. It will also create further jobs too; i.e. Supplier, installation technicians, customers services to handle your queries and so on. It will eliminate unnecessary inconveniences. It saves time. You no longer have to wait in for a meter reader to turn up at odd times. Don't you agree? What's your thought?

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Re: A need for third-world countries
Anna young   2/28/2013 6:16:43 AM
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Taimoorz, I'm sure Smart meters will be beneficial in developing countries and profitable to the manufacturers and electricity powers companies. It is a fast growing market and I foresee this technology reaching the shores of developing countries. I agree it would not be without various challenges. What's your thought?

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Re: Accute shortage of trained person
Anna young   2/28/2013 5:52:15 AM
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_hm, with new innovations and developments various technical issues will always rear its head. The company is not only innovating smart meters, its creating jobs. I am certain IBM and Partners would have undoubtedly envisaged these problems and include staffing and training related issues in the planning. Do you not think so?

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makes sense
FLYINGSCOT   2/28/2013 5:34:38 AM
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Judging by how often the utility company contacts me to ask for an up to date reading I can only imagine it would be in their interest to install a smart meter at some time.  It would then mean they could make all the real humans redundant and let the machines take control.  Wasn't there a movie about that ;-)

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