Glasgow, Scotland --- (METERING.COM) --- September 25, 2012 - ScottishPower and the SmartReach consortium have launched a new 18-month trial that will see smart meters installed in up to 5,000 homes in a simulation of national rollout conditions in Scotland.

The rollout will include a densely populated urban area in Glasgow as well as rural locations around Lochwinnoch, about 35 km southwest from Glasgow.

The aim is to demonstrate the suitability of a single long range radio communications network for communicating with meters, wherever they are located. Some communication solutions struggle to reach smart meters deep inside buildings, such as in basements, in urban areas, and in rural areas.

“We are committed to delivering the same high quality smart metering services to our customers, whether they live in city centers or rural areas,” said Andrew Ward, ScottishPower’s operations director. “It is therefore essential that the supporting communications technology is easy to install, reliable and always available.”

The trial is intended to build on the early results from the 18-month, 1,000 smart meter trial that was launched by Scottish Power, SmartReach and Siemens in Ipswich in July. The aims of that trial are to test the SmartReach solution as well as to secure data on installation practices and meter reading performance.

SmartReach is a collaboration of Arqiva, BT, BAE Systems Detica, and Sensus. For the trial, SmartReach is using Arqiva’s existing tower infrastructure, Sensus’ FlexNet smart metering communications solution and smart meters from EDMI.