PRIME Alliance expands


Tom Willie,
PRIME Alliance
Brussels, Belgium — (METERING.COM) — April 25, 2013 – Eleven new members have joined PRIME Alliance in the last few months, bringing the membership to 53 and continuing the uptake and expansion of the PRIME standard by the smart grid community.

New utility members include HC Energia, part of the EDP group, Polish utility Energa-Operator, which is in the process of installing its first 310,000 PRIME smart meters, and E.ON.   

Other new members include energy management solutions company Shenzhen Kaifa, Australian headquartered Semitech Semiconductor, silicon manufacturer Maxim Integrated, electronics and equipment manufacturer Fideltronik, energy management company Telecontrol STM, meter manufacturer Shenzhen Inhemeter, Egyptian power solutions company El Sewedy and engineering company Nucleo de Comunicaciones Y Control.  

“The concerted effort over the last four years by our members means that the PRIME standard is the most advanced technology in its field being currently deployed,” said PRIME Alliance vice president Tom Willie.

In February the PRIME standard was published by the International Telecommunication Union as Recommendation ITU-T G.9904.

Further work currently taking place on PRIME includes finalizing the inclusion of robust mode functionality and the extension to the FCC band use of the 500 kHz frequency range as well as security enhancements and implementations with respect to DLMS.

It is also planned to further enhance the standard so it can be fully utilized in the American and Asian markets.

In addition to deployments in several countries in Europe, PRIME meters are being deployed in a defined area smart metering project by Energex in Australia, and they are being tested as part of an advanced metering field trial by AES in Brazil.

PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) Alliance was created in 2009 to define an open and future-proofed communications PLC-based infrastructure to support large scale smart metering and other smart grid deployments.