Advanced metering system enhanced with new data concentrator


Copenhagen, Denmark — (METERING.COM) — October 11, 2006 – Echelon Corporation, a global networking company providing solutions for smart metering and energy and environment management, unveiled the DC-1000/SL data concentrator for its Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering system at the Metering, Billing/CRM Europe conference and exhibition.

In the NES system, data concentrators manage and supervise all the electricity meters connected to a low voltage transformer and provide access to the data, services and events generated from the meters over a choice of IP wide area networks, such as GSM, GPRS, fiber optics, IP radio or medium voltage power line. The DC-1000/SL represents the second generation of NES data concentrator, providing a more compact form factor and more robust environmental specifications.

It can be mounted directly behind a meter, and is offered in different capacities, with the ability to manage as few as five meters or as many as 1024, to provide a cost-effective solution for both rural and urban environments.

In rural areas the DC-1000/SL can be mounted behind a meter at a customer’s house, bringing the WAN connection directly to the meter. In urban areas it can be co-located with an external current transformer meter – often used as part of theft detection programs to measure the total power being supplied to all customers on a given transformer – to provide a compact and simplified installation.