Smart metering sensors can connect to IoT services and devices, allowing them to be used in various indoor and outdoor environments.

FREMONT, CA: Businesses have been forced to embrace remote workforces and formulate new operations protocols due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Businesses and cities will change their processes and employee and consumer experiences this year to counter COVID-19's impact. With nearly a third of the world's population confined to their homes due to the lockout, demand for conventional, labor-intensive utility operations fell. In contrast, demand for smart utility applications rose. Smart metering has risen to the top of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology list to overcome the COVID-19 problems, and this trend is expected to continue in 2021.

The top trends in smart metering include:

Decreased Energy Consumption: A Part of A Green Recovery

Businesses and communities will benefit from smart metering as they implement environmentally friendly systems that track and collect data in real-time to identify problems before they become crises. More companies and communities will implement IoT technologies that benefit the environment and help protect people from environmental hazards this year.

Smart metering sensors can connect to IoT services and devices, allowing them to be used in various indoor and outdoor environments. Organizations can detect hazardous gas leaks, collect data on water quality, and automatically shut down problem areas for repairs, for example, by using two-way communication to send and receive messages. These IoT-enabled sensors gather and manage data in real-time, alerting companies and allowing them to deploy more energy-conscious and secure applications while lowering costs.

Smart Homes

COVID-19 has shown just how much technology is needed for people to function, learn, stay connected, and even improve security, comfort, and safety. They will see a rise in the use of smart home devices as more people work and learn from home, which will possibly last well into 2021. Smart devices not only make learning and working easier for consumers, but they can also help with home productivity tracking. Owners looking to cut costs associated with electricity, water, and gas use will see a rise in demand for IoT devices in particular. Consumers and companies who embrace this form of IoT technology would prioritize the ability to penetrate dense building materials both inside and outside the home.

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