Pull the plug then
Seriously, just can the project.
The only benefit is that meter readings happen remotely, this guff about saving us money is, as we all know, utter bollocks. At least saying 'in hindsight it won't work so we're calling it a day' will give them a little credibility for once by showing they can acknowledge mistakes and deal with it.
Instead I guess another £15b needs to wasted to save face and fill someone's back pocket