According to a new report by Berg Insight, smart meter penetration among residential electricity customers in the US and Canada is projected to increase from around 20 percent in mid-2011 to more than 50 percent by the end of 2016, rising to close to 100 percent by 2020. Press release. [We’d love to have an article by a reader involved in linking smart meter technology with telecare and telehealth to follow up on this from June 2010.]
The reason smart meters isn’t linked to Telecare is because the industries have two different focus and products. The key to linking the two is in the home energy management system that is more inclusive of medical devices and elder care monitoring. For that one needs a hub/gateway that is more comprehensive then the smart meter as to protocols and connectivity. HEMS Technology is developing a hub that communicates to smart meters and medical devices/elder care devices for its in-home system – a hybrid Assistive Technology/mHealth.