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With increased deployment by the electric utilities, smart meters are rapidly being adopted around the world as part of larger smart grid initiatives. The global smart meter market, which experienced double-digit growth during 2006-2011, is projected to grow further in 2012 with a CAGR of 12% through 2017 and US $8.2 billion.
Lucintel, a leading global management consulting and market research firm, has conducted a competitive analysis of the global smart meter market and presents its findings in "Growth Opportunities in Global Smart Meters Market 2012–2017: Trends, Forecast, and Market Share Analysis."
Lucintel’s research indicates that real time information sharing regarding usage and tariff rates is one of the major drivers of this market. In addition, the increased costs in manual reading of meter data, as in case of analog and digital meters, have led to the growth of AMR and AMI. Yet the lack of a compatible, reliable, and flexible protocol development for interaction among different components across this system and lack of customer knowledge regarding use of smart meters remain challenges in smart meter market.
Factors affecting the market include technological advances, development of smart meters, and increasing prices of electricity generation along with increases in demand conditions, government incentives to promote green energy, and development of transmission facilities to provide energy to remote areas. The North America, APAC, and ROW markets are expected to show double-digit growth in the forecast period.
This report gives useful technical details and market information for both smart meter manufacturers and electrical utilities. The report, which provides trend scenarios and forecast statistics for 2012–2017, details drivers and challenges, industry background and characteristics, and makes an elaborate analysis of the global smart meters market, while also describing growth opportunities,

emerging trends, and leading manufacturers' profiles in the global smart meters market.
This research study is designed and intended for use by manufacturers, material suppl

iers, parts fabricators, OEMs, investors, executives, and consultants focused on the utility industry.
This unique report from Lucintel is expected to provide you valuable information, insights, and tools needed to identify new growth opportunities and operate your business successfully in this market. This report is estimated to save hundreds of hours of your own personal research time and is anticipated to significantly help in expanding your business in this market. In today’s unstable economy, you need every advantage that you can find to keep you ahead in your business.
To make business, investment, or strategic decisions, you need timely and adequate information. Smart meter market report fulfills this core need and is an indispensable reference guide for multi-national material suppliers, product manufacturers, investors, executives, distributors and many more, who are dealing with this market.
Some of the features of report “Growth Opportunities in Global Smart Meter Market 2012-2017: Trends, Forecast, and Market Share Analysis” include these:
  • Global smart meters market size in terms of value shipment
  • Global smart meters market trend and forecast in terms of value shipment
  • Trend (2006-2011) and forecast (2012-2017) of global smart meters market for component and for regions
  • Global smart meters market by components, by regions
  • Porter’s Five Force model for global smart meters market
  • Major drivers and challenges in global smart meters market
  • Emerging trends and new opportunities in global smart meters
  • More than15 figure/charts and five tables are provided in this roughly 69-page report

 1. Executive Summary  

 2. Global Smart Meter Industry Background and Characteristics  
 2.1. History of Smart Meter Market  
 2.2. Transition from Traditional Grid to Smart Grid  
 2.3. Introduction to Smart Grid  
 2.3.1. Smart Meter Communication Infrastructure  
 2.3.2. Smart Meter Functions  
 2.3.3. Pricing Strategies in Smart Grid Electricity  
 2.3.4. Smart Meters  
 2.4. Advantages of Smart Mater  
 2.4.1. Advantage to Utilities  
 2.4.2. Advantage to Transmission and Distribution  
 2.4.3. Advantage to Customers  

 3. Smart Meter Market Analysis2011  
 3.1. Global Smart Meter Market Overview  
 3.2. Current Market Analysis  
 3.3. Drivers and Challenges in the Global Smart Meter Market  
 3.4. Supply Chain Analysis  

 4. Global Smart Meter Market Trends 2006-2011  
 4.1. Overview  
 4.2. Trends of the Global Smart Meter Market by Regions  

 5. Global Smart Meter Market Forecasts2012-2017  
 5.1. Overview  
 5.2. Forecast for Global Smart Meter Market by Regions  

 6. Emerging Trends and New Opportunities in Global Smart Meter Market  
 6.1. Growth Opportunities in the Global Smart Meter Market by Component  
 6.2. Emerging Trends in the Global Smart Meter Market  

 7. Smart Grid Manufacturers' Profiles  
 7.1. Badger Meter  
 7.2. Cisco  
 7.3. Cooper Power Systems  
 7.4. Echelon Group  
 7.5. ESCO Group  
 7.6. Elster Group  
 7.7. General Electric  
 7.8. IBM  
 7.9. Itron  
 7.10. Landis+Gyr  
 7.11. Schneider Electric  

List of Figures  
List of Tables  
Abbreviations and technical units  
About Us  

List of Figures
Chapter 1. Executive Summary
Figure 1.1: Porter’s Five Forces model for global smart meter market
Chapter 2. Global Smart Meter Industry Background and Characteristics
Figure 2.1: Differences between traditional grid and smart grid
Figure 2.2: Smart grid and smart meter functioning structure
Figure 2.3: Comparative analysis among various pricing policies
Figure 2.4: Smart meters
Figure 2.5: Functioning scopes of smart meters
Chapter 3. Smart Meter Market Analysis 2011
Figure 3.1: Major players across different segments in smart grid infrastructure
Figure 3.2: Market share analysis of smart meters market
Figure 3.3: The global smart meter market share of top three, five, and ten companies in 2011
Figure 3.4: Drivers and challenges in the global smart meter market
Figure 3.5: Supply chain analysis for global smart meter market
Chapter 4. Global Smart Meter Market Trends 2006–2011
Figure 4.1: Market trend of the global smart meter market: 2006–2011 ($ M)
Figure 4.2: Market trend of global smart meter market by region: 2006–2011 ($ M)
Figure 4.3: Market trend CAGR of global smart meter market by region: 2006–2011
Chapter 5. Global Smart Meter Market Forecasts 2012–2017
Figure 5.1: Market forecast for global smart meter market: 2012–2017 ($ M)
Figure 5.2: Market forecast for the global smart meter market by region: 2012–2017 ($ M)
Figure 5.3: Market forecast CAGR of global smart meter market by region: 2012–2017
Chapter 6. Emerging Trends and New Opportunities in Global Smart Meter Market      
Figure 6.1: Growth opportunities in the global smart meter market by region
Figure 6.2: Emerging trends in global smart meter market
List of Tables
Chapter 1. Executive Summary
Table 1.1: Market parameters for the global smart meter market and attributes of usage
Chapter2. Global Smart Meter Industry Background and Characteristics
Table 2.1: Comparative analysis of communication options
Table 2.2: Comparative penetration of communication options used across different functions of smart meters
Table 2.3: Smart grid functions and their pathways of working through smart meters
Table 2.4: Major pricing policies of electricity supplied over smart grid and their descriptions

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Lucintel has been in the business of market research and management consulting since 2000 and has published over 600 market intelligence reports in various markets / applications and served 1,000+ clients worldwide. This study is a culmination of four months of full-time effort performed by Lucintel's analyst team. The analysts used the following sources for the creation and completion of this valuable report:
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  • A compilation of the experiences, judgments, and insights of Lucintel’s professionals, who have analyzed and tracked this market over the years.
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