Automated meter management system improves energy efficiency


Improving energy efficiency for electric metering systems by up to 30 percent and helping streamline utility business operations, Incotex Co. Ltd., Moscow, is leveraging multiple technologies from Texas Instruments (TI) in its meter management solutions now being implemented throughout Russia, Kazakhstan, the Ukraine and Belorussia.

TI’s MSP430 microcontroller (MCU) and TMS320C2000(TM) digital signal controller (DSC) technologies help utility companies comply with environmental protection standards, minimising power leakages while also advancing customer service with automatic outage detection and more accurate, timely readings. Based on TI’s TMS320F28015 DSC, MSP430F155 and MSP430FE427 ultra-low power MCUs and data converters, Incotex’s automated meter management (AMM) systems for electrical power distribution networks provide automated data collection directly from consumer energy meters over power lines.

The Mercury PLC AMR transmits data at up to 100 different frequencies in two directions, ensuring reliable and accurate transmission in high noise conditions – the Mercury PLC utilizing TI’s F28015 DSC to simultaneously provide orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) to transmit multiple signals simultaneously over a single path, as well as for phase shift keying (PSK) of the frequency hopping carrier and handling OFDM signal processing.