May 11, 2011 - EDMI has selected the Sierra Wireless AirPrime™ SL6087 embedded wireless module to provide cellular connectivity for EDMI's new plug-and-play modular pod-based system that is integrated into the Mk7B smart single-phase electronic revenue meter.
The Mk7B is targeted to serve the global, low cost and high volume smart residential meter market. It includes an integrated modular pod-based system that allows EDMI to provide a cost-effective wireless point-to-point connection, simplifying maintenance in the field and providing remote management, upgrades, and configuration over the air.
EDMI is using the AirPrime SL6087 module, winner of the GSM Association's award for Best 2G Module in 2010, with a ruggedized Embedded SIM. The combined solution allows a compact design with complete integration of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) functionality. It also offers an optional Zigbee RF interface to connect a remote display panel. EDMI smart meters with embedded wireless connectivity comply fully with internationally recognized standards, providing a reliable, flexible, and cost-effective solution to allow users to optimize their energy consumption.
In February 2011, Sierra Wireless and EDMI together won the GSMA Global Mobile Award for Best Mobile Innovation for Utilities at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The award recognized EDMI's EWM100 modem for smart metering applications, which uses Sierra Wireless AirPrime™ embedded modules to provide robust cellular communications.
"EDMI promises to deliver utilities and consumers better control over electricity generation, distribution, and energy conservation. We need a strong partner in smart metering communications to achieve these goals," said Graeme Lees, COO, EDMI. "Sierra Wireless has proven reliability with a track record of delivering industrial-grade communication solutions, and we are happy to recognize Sierra Wireless as a long term collaborator in our smart metering project."
"EDMI continues to offer innovative solutions for smart metering, playing an important role in helping customers around the world to use energy more efficiently," said Jin Pak, Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales for Sierra Wireless. "We believe that reliable, robust wireless solutions for smart meters can help meet this goal by providing more efficient management and longevity in the field, and we are very pleased that EDMI has once again selected Sierra Wireless AirPrime modules for its smart metering product line."