The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to seek lower business energy bills by installing smart meters at several of its facilities.
Devices based on Logica's Sustainability Indicator Reporting Application (Sira) will be used to identify which MoD buildings are using excessive amounts of energy by analysing information produced by smart meters that have already been deployed.
The new system is scheduled to be operational by the spring of next year and if successful it may also be used to measure liquid petroleum gas and oil consumption.
Vice-admiral Tim Laurence, chief executive of Defence Estates, said: "The provision of automated energy data will help us to act on excessive consumption and ultimately to reduce spending on energy bills."
The decision appears to defy concerns that smart meters could be vulnerable to hackers and therefore potentially pose a security risk in sensitive areas.
A nationwide roll-out of smart meters to homes throughout the UK may take place within the next few years.
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