I did not realise the government was involved much other than pushing the idea to the suppliers.
I'm glad to see cyber threat was mentioned....
But this statement was a bit stupid:
"Abandon the whole programme and develop a smart phone app instead – look into developing a smart app which would convert a photo of their current mechanical meter into a meaningful number for the suppliers. This would cost tens of thousands of pounds rather than billions."
if you have to go to the meter you can read it yourself.
Personally I think smart water meters have the most merit because they are generally the hardest to get at.
All that neess to be done to the other is to ensure they have a blinking LED or magnet as they have done for years that the home owner can clip their own smart logger to if they want.