Smart meters are getting installed across the UK, for both electricity and for gas;
My question is what do we know about the “HAN” (Home Area Network) side of the new meters used to communicate with internal monitoring and other smart devices in the home.
I would assume that at the moment the only devices that connect to these smart meters are the energy monitoring solutions that are usually given to customers at install time, but I would assume (based on noting but sensibles guesses) that heavy use appliances will soon be able to connect too, in order to alert the “smart grid” to their up-coming need to a large amount of power (fast charging your electric car etc).
So where am I going with this; well these new smart meters broadcast usage information on the HAN side, including the Gas meter (where you have one). The information I could find suggested that these devices are “paired” and use 2.4GHz - so this is probably going to be bluetooth (WPAN) or ZigBee (LR-WPAN) again a guess based on what I could find in a few mins.
So is anyone doing any research into how we (thats all of us) might connect the emonPi / emoncms to smart meters, since I bet the software will be worlds better than that on the devices we’d get to monitor those meters with - AND it would bring the ability to monitor the gas supply too.