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The ability to remotely maintain and control assets, buildings and
systems is transforming the way we do business.
White papers 30 June 2012
In 2009 the government announced that every home in the UK must be fitted with a ‘smart meter’ by 2020, the aim being to reduce energy consumption and pave the way for a low-carbon ‘smart grid’.
The new meters will send information on real-time energy use in households and businesses direct to the utility companies, giving customers more visibility of the energy they use while eliminating over-estimated bills. This has brought forward the need for analysis of the relative merits of the three primary technologies which could be used for comprehensive smart metering networking: GPRS (vendor agnostic); a UHF dedicated 400 MHz network; and Broadband over power lines (BPL).
This paper carries out this comparative analysis in detail and also identifies and compares the infill smart metering networking technologies which could be used where primary networking technologies may not reach.
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All employees and contractors have a duty to report any breaches of our Code of Conduct, which is known as our "Speak Up" policy. We have launched a global external reporting scheme which allows employees and contractors to report through a third party. This new process enables us to consolidate existing whistle blowing practice in local markets, increases visibility and ensures consistency of approach in responding to concerns raised from across the organisation. Concerns may be reported anonymously and the protection of innocent people is our priority at all times. People can identify themselves to our external partner using a PIN and receive feedback. Vodafone has a non-retaliation policy and will not take any action against anyone reporting a genuine concern, even if this is proven not to result in a breach of compliance.