This is just proof of concept that I know how to read them, not yet a finished project. Just flashing an LED on the sensor when I receive a pulse with an old Arduino and an IR remote receiver from SparkFun.com.
There are many other similar projects out there you can google for and some good arduino source code examples. Ultimately this will get connected to an xBee for data transmission up to XTension. The next step will be some kind of bracket/case to hold the sensor against the electric meter without looking too frightening to any meter reader that may be back out at any time in the future.
I’m pretty sure that someone will be back out, the meter isn’t really installed straight, I dont know why it should be bent up ever so slightly,but it doesn’t give me great confidence that the connections are solid inside. I”m going to call the electric company and ask them to verify the install later on today as a matter of fact.
(part 2: making the sensor)