Two-Way Communication Feature Driving Smart Meters Market Growth
A number of factors, such as the rise in the focus on smart grids, government policies
supporting the installation of smart meters, two-way communication characteristic of
such meters, surge in the consumer awareness on energy conservation, and increase in
residential construction activities, are expected to drive the smart meters market at a
CAGR of 4.9% in the foreseeable period (2020–2030). According to P&S Intelligence,
the market generated $13.1 billion revenue in 2019, which is expected to reach $20.0
billion by 2030.
One of the major factors boosting the market growth is the surging government support
for the deployment of smart meters. Governments across the world are focusing on
modernizing their grid network, by installing smart meters in place of conventional ones.
They are rolling out laws that mandate the installation of smart meters, as part of their
clean energy initiatives. For instance, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) signed a contract
with the Alfanar Group in January 2020 to mount 10 million smart meters before March
2021 across Saudi Arabia and complete the whole program by March 2023.
Furthermore, the two-way communication feature of smart meters plays a vital role in the
growth of the smart meters market. Such meters are installed by end users to collect data
on electricity consumption by all appliances at regular intervals, using a local area
network (LAN). The data from each smart meter is gathered by local data aggregators
through neighborhood area networks (NANs) and then transferred to the utility center
using a wide area network (WAN). Likewise, the utility center can send information,
commands, or signals to the smart meters when required.
Essentially, the rapid urbanization is the strongest smart meters market growth driver as it
is leading to the rising demand for water, electricity, and cooking gas. This, in turn, is
leading to air pollution, which has prompted governments to check their resource usage,
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