Perth, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 2, 2010 - Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has reported that the results from a smart metering trial in the Reading area have far exceeded the company’s expectations for both building penetration and range of coverage.

The trial involving long range radio is being conducted by the SmartReach consortium, which comprises British telecoms company BT, communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva, and information collection and management company Detica.

According to a statement from Arqiva SSE has deployed smart meter endpoints in a range of locations throughout the area, which is located about 60 km west of London.

“We have been hugely encouraged by the results from our long range radio trials and for the first time we have seen that achieving connectivity to all existing meter locations could be possible with a single technology,” commented Tony House, SSE’s smart supply program director. “The smart metering program is extremely important to SSE and we are working hard to test the technology that will enable us to meet the challenges of this major program, and deliver a great customer experience.”