A look at the Smart Meter eco system
When moving to a new house, I immediately had a Smart Meter installed (still not sure what's so smart about it...) with the intention to hook-up a device to read the power and gas consumption throughout the day. Well, doing jobs around the house got in the way and a year later I finally started to look into the details of this Smart Meter. After doing some 'research' on Internet, I decided to start at the beginning: the standards for Dutch Smart Meters, since every meter has to comply with those standards.
Wireless communication is essential to any Home Automation, IoT or other embedded device and sensor setup. Whether adding devices in an existing house, accessing remote sensors or simply avoiding expensive wiring, in many cases some form of RF communication is the only feasible option. For in-house projects wired communications can be in some cases be useful, like Ethernet, 1-Wire, RS485 or even PLC (Power Line Communication). But these days wireless is all the rage and I will therefor dive deep into the world of RF communications, starting with this blog post, which will be mainly focused on an ESP8266 based development board.