Following a successful series of tests, Cambridge development company Sentec is entering the final stage of licensing discussions to commercialise its solid state gas metering technology, Lattice.

Lattice uses the ‘time of flight’ principle to measure the volume of gas being used, marking the gas as it enters the portion of the pipe running through the meter, and measuring the time taken by the gas between two points. The technology allows the building of gas meters at much lower cost than existing solid state meters, opening the way for value adding features such as AMR, AMM, tamper alerts, automatic safety cut-offs, load profiling, TOU metering and displays to influence customer behaviour

Heads of terms for licences are expected to be agreed by the beginning of next year.