Smart Meters

News and insights into the latest developments in smart meters technology, utility deployment plans and the use of advanced metering infrastructure to improve customer service and demand response strategies. The focus will also include trends in wireless or fixed communications such as power line carrier (PLC) or wireless ad hoc networks over Wi-Fi, wireless mesh networks, low power long-range wireless (LORA), ZigBee (low power, low data rate wireless), and Wi-SUN (Smart Utility Networks).

COMMERCIAL FEATURE: Shielded current converters for electronic energy meters

Hanau, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- November 30, 2006 – VACUUMSCHMELZE, a designer and producer of advanced magnetic materials and related products based in Germany, launched its new shielded current converters for electronic energy meters at the recent electronica conference.

These shielded CTs (current transformers) feature ultra-low sensitivity to external magnetic fields, plus integrated shields which render additional external shielding superfluous. The current sensors are unaffected by magnetic shields up to strength 1 T.

Shielded current converters for electronic energy meters

Hanau, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- November 30, 2006 – VACUUMSCHMELZE, a designer and producer of advanced magnetic materials and related products based in Germany, launched its new shielded current converters for electronic energy meters at the recent electronica conference.

These shielded CTs (current transformers) feature ultra-low sensitivity to external magnetic fields, plus integrated shields which render additional external shielding superfluous. The current sensors are unaffected by magnetic shields up to strength 1 T.

From remote to advanced automatic meter reading in the ASEAN region

Automatic meter reading (AMR) has become a buzzword across the whole metering universe. AMR is a term applied to the collection of technologies that enable utilities to read electric, gas, water meters more efficiently. Utilities in the Southeast Asian (ASEAN) region have started considering investment in large scale advanced AMR systems, while a few of them are already running small pilots on remote meter reading.

You can crack an egg with a sledgehammer!

Compos Mentis

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The enhanced ZigBee standard: more control, more choice

ZigBee
 

The completion and immediate member availability of the enhanced version of the ZigBee standard has been announced by the ZigBee™ Alliance.

The standard is the only global wireless communication standard enabling the development of easily deployable low cost, low power, monitoring and control products for homes, commercial buildings and industrial plant monitoring. Public availability of the standard is scheduled for the first quarter of 2007. “The enhanced version of ZigBee arrives at a time when there has never been greater need in the world to have more control over our homes and businesses – especially when it comes to reducing energy consumption,” says Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance.

Talking COSEM over power line carrier

DLMS
 

The growing use of DLMS/ COSEM (IEC 62056) has resulted in several questions concerning the possibility of reading meters over power lines. One of the strengths of DLMS/COSEM is that application modelling is well separated from the communication profiles. Therefore, application data can be easily transported over various media.

New billing process for Jaipur electricity customers

[img:Jaipur India.thumbnail.jpg|Jaipur, India]Jaipur, India --- (METERING.COM) --- November 29, 2006 – Customers of Indian utility Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd. (JVVNL) will soon receive monthly bills that will be delivered at the time their meters are read.

Starting January 2007, a Jaipur-based company has been appointed by JVVNL to handle the meter reading and billing for its 500,000 customers. Meters will then be read monthly, as opposed to the present every two months, and the bill will be printed out and handed to consumers immediately.

Olameter Establishes Strategic Alliance with EnergyICT

[img:Claude Godin.thumbnail.JPG|Claude Godin]Montreal, Quebec, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- November 29, 2006 – Olameter Inc., a provider of IT solutions, field operations, and meter sales and service to utilities across North America, servicing over 2.5 million electric, water, and gas meters, has announced a strategic alliance with EnergyICT Inc. that will support the growth of its meter data services initiatives in both the wholesale and retail utility markets. EnergyICT is a global provider of large-scale interval meter data collection, processing, and management solutions, with its headquarters in Belgium.

Data management software system goes live

PPL LogoWellesley, MA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 28, 2006 – PPL Electric Utilities is the first U.S. utility to obtain hourly metering data from its entire customer base, now that its new data management software system has gone live. PPL supplies electricity to close on 1.4 million homes and businesses.

Interoperable remote meter reading solution

A multi-vendor solution to provide interoperable AMR static meters has been made available by Sagem Communication (SAFRAN Group) and Iskraemeco,d.d. In this open AMR solution, meters from Sagem and Iskra are able to communicate without any prior software adaptation, providing reliability, security and cost-effectiveness, with the interoperability of both ranges of meters based on international standards (IEC 61334-5-1 for data transport, HDLC, DLMS/COSEM and OBIS for customer data interface).

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