DERMS: A Term Gone Too Far?

By [email protected] Industry terms of art are valuable when they allow us to communicate precisely and with brevity.

Take “advanced metering infrastructure” — a term that has come to mean a utility metering and communications solution that can send and receive messages from the utility. This term is clearly distinct from AMR (automatic meter reading, which is a one-way communicating metering solution) and electromechanical meters. But this type of industry parlance loses its usefulness when the term’s meaning becomes amorphous.

In the utility industry, this trouble arises when industry participants falsely convince themselves that a technology, problem or solution is unique. This leads all

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