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1. (WO2010112916) Improvements In and Relating to Utility Meters

Pub. No.:    WO/2010/112916    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2010/050544
Publication Date: Fri Oct 08 01:59:59 CEST 2010 International Filing Date: Wed Mar 31 01:59:59 CEST 2010
IPC: G01F 15/06
Applicants: ROWE, Paul, Richard
Inventors: ROWE, Paul, Richard
Title: Improvements In and Relating to Utility Meters
-15- P5814pc.docx 30 March 2010 ABSTRACT IMPROVEMENTS IN AND RELATING TO UTILITY METERS 5 The present invention provides a smart metering system 1 comprising a meter 2, a communication means 6 for communicating with a remote host 8 and an optical fibre 10 connecting the meter 2 and to the communication means 6. The optical communication means 10 may comprise a single optical fibre or maycomprise a bundle of optical fibres. In particular, the communication means 6 is able to be 10 located spaced apart at a safe distance from the utility mater 2. The communication means 6 is, therefore, not restricted to the use of a very low power source which would present a significant risk if it was located in or near the utility meter. This distance thereby enables the communication means 6 to be used frequently and as and when required.15 [FIGURE 1] 20 25