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January 16, 2013

Smart Meter Business Might Not be So Big

“The U.S. market will have over 50 million utility-based smart meters deployed by 2013, reaching 62 million by 2015,” said Stuart Sikes, president of Parks Associates (News - Alert). “The outlook for smart meters to interact with connected CE and appliances in the home has changed drastically as electricity providers are now exploring partnerships with communications and security service providers.”

Solutions with energy-efficiency components were prominent throughout CES (News - Alert) 2013, and Parks Associates research  finds 60 to 80 percent of U.S. consumers will pay for energy-saving products like smart thermostats, smart water-tank controllers, and attic insulation.

Assume there’s an installed base of about 235 million utility smart meters in 2016. Assume $12 billion in 2016 revenue for those meters. For the sake of argument, assume half those meters use powerline data communications, while a quarter use mobile data connections, and another quarter use some other form of communications (unlicensed frequencies, cable network or other)... Read More

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