STS Enhancements

Conference: Metering, Billing, CRM/CIS Africa 2006
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Presenter: Charles Lionel Thomas Phillips
Abstract: In this paper Phillips the latest trends and technoical developments in the field of STS. Phillips focusses on items such as inital concepts, market requirements, international standards, enhanced functionality and finally provides a forecast for further development.

RF Modules For The Asian Market


RF Module

Radiocrafts AS, provider of compact RF modules with embedded protocol, has expanded its product line with high performance narrow band RF modules for the Asian market, targeting wireless AMR applications. The new RC 1210, RC 1230 and RC 1250 modules have only half a square inch footprint and are high performance, low power, two-way radio solutions with an embedded protocol supporting point-to-multipoint networks.

Ariane Controls Signs Alliance with Singapore-based Component Distributor

The demand for energy efficiency solutions in Singapore is on the increase, and PLC technology developer Ariane Controls has signed an alliance with Singapore-based components distributor McCoy Components to supply the technology to McCoy Components’ clients. Ariane Controls has a strong presence in south-east Asia.

McCoy Components, active in the field of application specific semiconductor solutions, has received numerous enquiries from clients in the metering industry for energy efficiency applications, and believes that Ariane’s differentiated networking solutions will allow it to offer an inexpensive and reliable technology for residential, commercial and industrial building automation and public utilities applications.

IEC Starts Work on Global Material Declaration Standard

As regulations about the environment increase, life becomes more difficult for component suppliers and equipment manufacturers in the electrical and electronics industries. In an effort to simplify the requirements, the IEC has begun to work on a Material Declaration Standard.

Legal requirements and market demands oblige industry to track and disclose specific information about the material composition of its products. Having rules to promote environmental awareness for those who design electrical and electronic equipment makes sense, and one rule for all is cheaper and safer.

ZigBee Development Options Available

Because wireless ZigBee technology is designed for a variety of applications, MaxStream, a developer of wireless modem networking for electronic devices, has created three different XBee development kits to meet the diverse needs of OEMs and systems integrators.

The XBee Professional Developer’s Kit is designed for developers looking to maximize the forthcoming mesh networking capabilities of the ZigBee standard. It includes five OEM RF modules and five enhanced development boards with RS-232 or USB connectivity. The XBee-PRO Starter Kit and XBee Starter Kit make it possible to establish a reliable RF link in minutes; they both include two XBee-PRO or XBee modules with integrated wire whip antennas, as well as both an RS-232 and USB development board.

Meter Gains PTB Approval in Europe

GÖRLITZ AG, European manufacturer of metering system solutions, has announced that its EMETRION net product has been granted approval by PTB – Germany’s national metrology institute. EMETRION net, as a component of a universal metering solution, is the GÖRLITZ solution for metering points in the tariff and smaller industrial customers segment. Communication with the EDW3000 system takes place over a powerline connection from meter to concentrator, and is then relayed by GSM/GPRS to the control system.

Qcquisition Forms New Semiconductor Company

Avago Technologies – created as a result of the acquisition of Agilent Technologies Inc.’s Semiconductor Products Group by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Silver Lake Partners – has started operations as the world’s largest privately held independent semiconductor company. The company has an extensive portfolio and a reputation for innovative products and design excellence.

Acquisition Will Broaden Solutions Offering For Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments Inc., provider of DSP and analogue technologies to meet signal processing requirements, has acquired Chipcon, an international semi-conductor company. Combining Chipcon’s design experience in RF transceiver and system-on-chip devices with TI’s advanced analogue silicon technologies and broad systems expertise will enhance TI’s ability to offer customers complete short-range wireless solutions. The acquisition also broadens TI’s offering of RF solutions and strengthens the company’s position in ZigBee, a global standard for wireless monitoring and control applications.

The AMR, Smart Metering and Customer Management Technical Study Tour

The AMR, Smart Metering and Customer Management Technical Study Tour is part of the Smart Energy International Academy series. It is designed to assist professionals involved in the electricity, gas and water utility industry to better understand the use of advanced metering, AMR and customer management systems and their implications at both a micro- and macro-level. The tour includes site visits to the leading sites in the North America where utilities, consultants and vendors will demonstrate the fundamentals of and share in-depth knowledge and comprehensive information.

Metering Partnership and Opportunities Tours to China 2006

The Partnership and Opportunities Programmes for China in 2006 offer a unique combination of technical visits, utility and consultant briefings, in addition to round-table meetings which provide metering professionals from the international community with an opportunity to meet with representatives from the local technical authorities, State Electricity Supervisory Body and the local power utilities.

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