Nowadays, the main challenges faced by smart meter manufacturers, when designing a new metering device, are price, size, global coverage, long range and considering surrounding environments that could affect the overall performance.

Any wireless smart metering device’s data transmission has to be completely reliable, therefore, the antenna is a critical component in such device.

First, chip antenna technology is perfect for providing cost savings in your smart meter production. It is often a lower cost component than an external antenna or FPC, and, by being SMD pick and place, it provides savings on assembly costs. The internally mounted chip antenna provides the benefit of increased protection against environmental factors and vandalism compared to an external antenna…