Mag Cover - 1998

  • Metering International’s first conference activity – ‘Metering – A Deregulation Survival Kit’ – is held in London.
  • Siemens acquires Landis & Gyr, merged with its own metering business. The new Siemens Metering Division becomes the largest manufacturer of electricity meters worldwide.
  • Gruner AG introduces the world’s first 63A 3-phase latching relay.
  • The Chinese government unveils a $34 billion plan to improve the power distribution network, including a one household one meter policy.
  • NEM (National Electricity Market) created in Australia to introduce a competitive market.
  • Analog Devices, Inc. develops a family of fixed function DSPs for electronic meters; the first in the family, the AD7750, is designed to directly drive a stepper motor counter.
  • The UK is the first country in the world to allocate airwave space to utilities as the 184 MHz radio waveband is dedicated to automatic reading of meters in the electricity, gas and water sectors.