This was a little out of the box but maybe it will be useful to someone else
Essentially, I was pressing the limitations of the raspberry pi, the mini-monitor program, and the SDR radio to operate with as little as possible (limited power, no network, no intervention while running). It also shows that you can collect data from a moving vehicle and connect the mini-monitor to the network later and have your results post to BMON.
Problem: Verify Mini-Monitor configuration running
meter_reader.py will function and collect data without intervention once powered on if meters are nearby. While also not providing a network connection or dedicated power to the Raspberry Pi aside from auxiliary power from an automobile, and trusting it to run blind (without a display or console access).
Why would anyone do this? Well, I’m a little esoteric in my methods but consider this a proof of concept to run on a restricted site that may not allow you to personally install the equipment, but it still needs to work. Considering I don’t live in a metropolitan area where I could just plug in an SDR radio and start seeing meters in my neighborhood, I had to drive around to find them. This was a great opportunity to see what reduced power options and, while I’m at it, no network connectivity could do - this was truely a barebones setup but it worked!