4Q 2022

Analyst Insight: Second-Generation Advanced Metering Infrastructure

Global AMI Tracker Insights

Nearly all smart meters installed around the globe still classify as first-generation devices. They lack the technical requirements (sufficient computation, memory, programmability) and data capture capabilities (high resolution waveform data) to constitute second-generation or next-generation devices. Although these embedded capabilities have been a constant source of product evolution since the dawn of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), only recently have industry-leading manufacturers achieved a paradigm-shift-level progression in smart meter technology.

The ability to capture high resolution current and voltage waveform data, which was previously only possible with additional hardware, is revolutionary. The analysis of waveform data enables device and pattern recognition capabilities in real time, which is not available with existing on-premise or cloud-based architectures. High resolution waveform data and edge computing enable new applications to be run inside the meter itself.

Three major capabilities are required for smart meters to become second-generation, powerful edge-computing devices: high resolution waveform data with sample rates capable of enabling real-time device identification; edge computing in the meter itself with access to raw data streams; and low latency Wi-Fi or cellular networking to support real-time insights.

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Tables | Charts | Figures 2
  • Which utilities are deploying second-generation smart meter projects in North America and Western Europe? 
  • What are the primary motivations for deploying second-generation smart meters? 
  • How can second-generation smart meters enable front-of-the-meter and behind-the-meter analytics? 
  • Which markets will show the greatest growth in second-generation smart metering over the next decade? 
  • Why are utilities choosing second-generation smart meters for their AMI replacement projects?
  • Utilities
  • Smart grid hardware and software providers
  • Government agencies
  • Military agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Investor community



Executive Summary

Market Drivers and Barriers

Smart Meter Analytics Overview

Inside-the-Meter Intelligence to Become the Norm

Market Forecast Case Study: Tampa Electric

Second-Generation Deployments

Key Recommendations

Abbreviations Additional Resources Contact

  • Smart Meter Installed Base by Model, North America: 2021-2030
  • Smart Meter Installed Base by Model, North America: 2021-2030
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