Smart Metering


A smart meter is an electronic device that records consumption of electricity, gas or water and communicates that information for monitoring and billing. Smart meters send meter readings to the utility company automatically. They also come with in-home displays, which give users real-time feedback on their energy or water usage and what it is costing.

European Commission Mandate M/441 seeks the creation of European standards to enable the interoperability of utility meters to improve customers’ awareness of their actual consumption. It is hoped that this will lead to a reduction in their energy usage.

Our Role & Activities

We are collaborating with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) in response to European Commission Mandate M/441 on smart metering.

Our contribution to the development of smart metering addresses several aspects:

  • Machine-to-Machine communications
    • the development of an application-independent ‘horizontal’ service platform capable of supporting a wide range of services including smart metering
    • smart metering use cases
    • the security of smart energy infrastructures
  • Powerline telecommunications – using powerline technologies for smart metering and smart grid applications
  • Wireless access protocols for smart metering – ETSI Technical Report TR 102 886 contains a helpful overview of our work in this area
  • Radio spectrum requirements – working to find additional spectrum for smart metering


The following is a list of the 20 latest published ETSI standards on smart metering.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
TR 103 240 Powerline Telecommunications (PLT); Powerline communication recommendations for smart metering and home automation
TS 102 887-2 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short Range Devices; Smart Metering Wireless Access Protocol; Part 2: Data Link Layer (MAC Sub-layer)
TS 102 887-1 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short Range Devices; Smart Metering Wireless Access Protocol; Part 1: PHY layer
TS 103 908 PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); BPSK Narrow Band Power Line Channel for Smart Metering Applications [CEN EN 14908-3:2006, modified]
TR 103 055 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); System Reference document (SRdoc): Spectrum Requirements for Short Range Device, Metropolitan Mesh Machine Networks (M3N) and Smart Metering (SM) applications
TR 102 886 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Technical characteristics of Smart Metering (SM) Short Range Devices (SRD) in the UHF Band; System Reference Document, SRDs, Spectrum Requirements for Smart Metering European access profile Protocol (PR-SMEP)
TR 102 691 Machine-to-Machine communications (M2M); Smart Metering Use Cases