Vendor support for Iberdrola’s PRIME open AMI telecommunications architecture

Patrick Mortel,
PLC Product
Manager, Actaris
Brussels, Belgium — (METERING.COM) — December 8, 2008 – The development of products compliant with Iberdrola’s PRIME (PoweR Intelligent Metering Evolution) protocol have been announced by Itron subsidiary Actaris.

The objective of PRIME is the establishment of a comprehensive set of standards for an open, public and standard advanced metering infrastructure) for power line communications (PLC).

Iberdrola has been working extensively over the past few years to define and test a new open, public and non-proprietary PLC telecom architecture that supports smart metering functionality and also allows smart grid evolution.
PRIME is a Physical and Mac layer standard definition based on emerging technologies that will respond to future markets. It is an open system that will allow interoperability between equipment from different manufacturers and will also ensure the growth of new markets so all players, particularly the end-user, will benefit from this approach.

“Actaris is pleased to join forces with Iberdrola on this project,” says Patrick Mortel, Actaris PLC product manager.