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How Smart Meters Work
Energy InSight is more than a meter

Smart meters securely transmit electric usage data by radio to cell relays, which are wireless devices installed on power distribution poles. Cell relays transmit the data to a radio tower “Take out Point” (TOP). TOPs collect data from cell relays within a several-mile radius and deliver it via microwave and/or fiber optic cable to CenterPoint Energy’s data center, where computing systems gather and process 96 daily reads per meter plus connect and disconnect electric service as needed electronically without sending a truck.

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