Anaheim Public Utilities is currently deploying new computer systems, communications networks and hardware devices to enhance the efficiency, reliability and security of our city’s electric distribution system. These technologies collectively form what is referred to as a smart grid.
Smart meters are one important component of the smart grid infrastructure. At first glance, smart meters don’t look too different from their analog predecessors. They’re a similar shape and size and can be installed as direct replacements for the older meters. But whereas analog meters displayed usage information on a series of small spinning dials, smart meters capture and store information electronically and then relay it to our data center in Downtown Anaheim via wireless communication networks.