California-based microcontroller company Atmel has secured Powerline Intelligent Metering Evolution (PRIME) v1.4 Profile 2 certification for its smart metering solutions in response to growing customer demand in EMEA, Latin America and Asia.
PRIME Alliance found Atmel’s SAM4CP16B and ATPL230A smart metering solutions support the standards requirements of band expansion, band-plan flexibility and IP version 6.
Atmel claims to be the first semiconductor supplier to achieve compliance with PRIME v1.3 and v1.4 standards, a process which took nearly five years, according to Kourosh Boutorabi, senior director of Smart Energy Solutions, at Atmel Corporation.
Mr Boutorabi, commenting on the company’s motivation to secure the PRIME certification, said: “We see increased interest in the PRIME standard by utilities in EMEA, Latin America and Asia and believe that as its adoption and proliferation continues, it is essential that its technical evolution continue to be fully standard compliant and certifiable by our customers as well as the utilities.”
PRIME smart meters rollout in Poland
In other PRIME news, Polish utility PGE Dystrybucia has chosen a consortium of ADD-Production and Elgama to deliver 50,000 AMI meters to Białystok and Łódź.
ADD GRUP will supply its ADDAX IMS 8th series for the deployment, its new generation of meters and data concentrators based on PRIME technology.
Elena Turanscaia, CEO of ADD GRUP, said: “Our 8th generation meters leverage the potential of Universal Hardware Platform to give to PGE multiple power line communication technologies in the same hardware, as they support PRIME, G3 and S-FSK IEC 61334-5-1.”
Meanwhile, Portuguese energy company EDP Distribuição has set a target of installing 300,000 PLC PRIME meters in 2015 from an deployed base of 70,000 units.
While the electricity distribution arm of Spanish natural gas utility Gas Natural Fenosa finished 2014 with more than 1.26 million domestic smart meters installed and integrated into the remote management system.
The figure represents 35.2% of the company’s domestic meter stock, according to the PRIME Alliance newsletter.
Meter replacement will continue until 2018 when according to the regulations all domestic metering equipment must be advanced.