4Q 2018

Smart Gas Meters

Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Two-Way Communications, and Meter Data Management Software: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

The global natural gas metering market is undergoing a significant long-term transition. It is shifting from traditional meters or mobile reading devices to intelligent one- and two-way communicating meters, providing utilities with improved data management and network efficiency. Unlike electric advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployments, the business case for smart gas meters is more difficult to make for many utilities, especially gas-only utilities. This issue is one of the main reasons why smart gas metering deployments lag electric metering deployments. The lack of power at the meter and varying perspectives on the value of collected gas meter data are also among the challenges faced by gas utilities and smart gas metering solutions providers.

The markets for smart gas metering technology vary significantly based on global region. Developed regions such as North America and Europe with nearly fully built-out gas and electric infrastructure are witnessing significant growth in retrofit gas metering projects, but lower growth in new meter installations and network expansion projects. Many of these installations have aligned closely with both electric AMI deployments and the increased adoption of advanced low power wide area (LPWA) networking technologies. Developing regions in Asia Pacific and across Latin America and the Middle East & Africa are experiencing growth in gas infrastructure, and smart gas meters are being deployed at the outset, rather than in retrofit projects.

This report identifies and discusses the technologies and strategies being used in the global smart gas meter (also known as gas AMI meter) market. The study examines the drivers, barriers, and regional and global trends affecting the deployment of smart gas meters. Global market forecasts, broken out by segment (hardware and software), meter type, software category, and region, extend through 2027. The report also examines the key technologies related to smart gas meters, as well as the competitive landscape.

Pages 42
Tables | Charts | Figures 37
  • What are smart gas meters (also known as gas AMI meters)?
  • What smart gas meter solutions are utilities deploying?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of smart gas metering technology?
  • Which communications technologies are being utilized for smart gas meter deployments?
  • Which smart gas metering market segments have the highest growth potential?
  • Which companies are pushing the smart gas metering market forward?
  • What trends are driving the market for smart gas meters and what issues are slowing adoption? 
  • How quickly will the global market for smart gas meters grow?
  • Utilities
  • Gas distribution network operators
  • Gas meter manufacturers
  • Meter data management software and solutions providers
  • AMI systems integrators and asset management platform providers
  • Communications network providers
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Introduction

1.2   Report Scope

1.3   Key Smart Gas Meter Trends

1.4   Global Forecast

2. Market Issues

2.1   Gas Meters Market Overview

2.2   Making the Business Case for AMI

2.3   Market Drivers

2.3.1   Operational Streamlining Drives OPEX and CAPEX Savings

2.3.2   Safety First

2.3.2.1   Case Study: Columbia Gas Explosions, Lawrence, Massachusetts

2.3.3   More Data

2.3.4   Regulatory Mandates

2.3.5   Increasing Gas Consumption

2.3.6   New Communications and Networking Technologies

2.4   Market Barriers

2.4.1   Financial Constraints and Concerns

2.4.2   Weak Business Case

2.4.3   Data Security

2.4.4   Consumer Pushback and Activism

3. Technology Issues

3.1   Technology Overview

3.2   Gas Meters

3.2.1   Diaphragm

3.2.2   Rotary

3.2.3   Turbine

3.2.4   Orifice

3.2.5   Ultrasonic Flow

3.3   Communications

3.3.1   RF Mesh

3.3.2   Point-to-Multipoint

3.3.3   LPWA

3.4   Meter Data Management Systems

4. Key Industry Players

4.1   Aclara

4.2   Atmos Energy

4.3   Badger Meter

4.4   British Gas

4.5   Diehl Metering Group

4.6   Honeywell

4.7   Itron

4.8   Landis+Gyr

4.9   Sensus

4.10   Verizon

5. Market Forecasts

5.1   Introduction

5.1.1   Forecast Methodology and Assumptions

5.2   Global Market Outlook

5.3   Regional Forecasts and Analysis

5.3.1   North America

5.3.2   Europe

5.3.3   Asia Pacific

5.3.4   Latin America

5.3.5   Middle East & Africa

5.4   Conclusions and Recommendations

6. Acronym and Abbreviation List

7. Table of Contents

8. Table of Charts and Figures

9. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

  • Total Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Total Gas Meter Shipments by Type, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Segment, North America: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2018-2027
  • Typical Residential Diaphragm Gas Meter
  • Example of a Rotary Gas Meter
  • Example of a Turbine Gas Meter
  • Example of an Ultrasonic Gas Meter
  • Components of a Successful AMI Business Case
  • Total Gas Meters Installed by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Gas Meter Shipments by Type, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Percentage of Gas Meter Shipments by Segment, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Total Gas Meters Installed by Type, North America: 2018-2027
  • Gas Meter Shipments by Type, North America: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Segment, North America: 2018-2027
  • Smart Gas Meter Software Revenue by Category, North America: 2018-2027
  • Total Gas Meters Installed by Type, Europe: 2018-2027
  • Gas Meter Shipments by Type, Europe: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2018-2027
  • Smart Gas Meter Software Revenue by Category, Europe: 2018-2027
  • Total Gas Meters Installed by Type, Asia Pacific: 2018-2027
  • Gas Meter Shipments by Type, Asia Pacific: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2018-2027
  • Smart Gas Meter Software Revenue by Category, Asia Pacific: 2018-2027
  • Total Gas Meters Installed by Type, Latin America: 2018-2027
  • Gas Meter Shipments by Type, Latin America: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2018-2027
  • Smart Gas Meter Software Revenue by Category, Latin America: 2018-2027
  • Total Gas Meters Installed by Type, Middle East & Africa: 2018-2027
  • Gas Meter Shipments by Type, Middle East & Africa: 2018-2027
  • Total Smart Gas Meter Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2018-2027
  • Smart Gas Meter Software Revenue by Category, Middle East & Africa: 2018-2027
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