There’s an expectation among Smart Home users that the smart meter data is their data and that they should be able to access their data in real time.
We don’t know the extent of this problem. Most utilities mention that consumers have expressed interest and expectations, but the numbers are low.
With the rise of in-house bot like Alexa and Google Assistant, consumers are slowly warming to the idea of using those devices to save money and not just entertain themselves. This is also integrated part of the Google Smart Home strategy.
Consumers request insight into water usage, leaks, pipe bursts, etc., both in the primary residence and their second home (summer cottage or a rental unit).
There’s a megatrend that we think.
BLE/ Sigbee/ Wifi
Imagine having your Google Asisstant contact you to let you know that there’s water running in your house, even though your calendar says that you are in the summer cottage.
Or vice versa; that you can subscribe to get a message if there’s a leakage or if the temperature in your water meter in the summer cottage drops below zero in the winter (avoiding a burst in the service pipe).
Making encrypted meters data available for smart home service providers (Home Area Network). Currently it is only the utility who have the encryption key.