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The energy industry is pushing smart meters as the solution to a myriad of problems. They seem like a great idea - real-time understanding of your energy usage, no more intrusive visits to your front door from the meter reader, better management of energy across the country - but the bigger picture is seldom properly understood.
There are fundamental flaws with the principles involved - concerns around, security, energy saving benefits & ownership - and the cost to the industry, and to consumers like you and me, is eye-watering.
Chris still liked the idea of getting real-time visibility of his energy usage, though, so he took it upon himself to design and build a smart conversion for his own gas meter (which was manufactured in 1984) using a Raspberry Pi, a camera, and some custom hardware and software.
He is hoping the energy industry can learn from his research and find ways to reduce costs to end users whilst still delivering the same benefits - but in the meantime, he has released his software and designs as open source. Come along and find out how he did it. Chris will talk you through the challenges he faced, how he chose and integrated the hardware, and how he created the software that hooks it all together.
If he can convert his 35 year-old meter, he is sure you can convert yours too!
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How I Turned My Gas Meter Smart Using My Own Software, A Raspberry Pi & Some Other Bits
Chris Priest has been working in & around .NET for the last 15 years in a career that has spanned financial institutions, small startups, and worldwide e-commerce platforms. On a day-to-day basis, he is a hands-on Technical Lead / Architect at cloud consultancy Amido.