Oslo, Norway and Issy-les-Moulineaux, France — (METERING.COM) — September 19, 2008 – A new GSM/GPRS/EDGE gateway for smart metering which embeds Wireless M-Bus and ZigBee, all in a very compact form factor, has been launched by Radiocrafts AS and Wavecom SA.
The Wireless M-Bus standard (EN 13757-4:2005) specifies the communication between water, gas, heat and electricity meters and concentrators, while ZigBee is a standard for monitoring and control applications using low power radio networking.
The solution is based on Wavecom’s Fastrack Supreme, a programmable application processor with GSM/GPRS/EDGE modem capabilities. The Fastrack Supreme comes with an open-standard interface which allows developers to add supplementary I/O connectivity and features in the form of expansion cards. Radiocrafts has developed an expansion card for smart metering, which adds Wireless M-Bus or ZigBee to the GSM/GPRS/EDGE communications function.
Both versions of the card connect via a UART serial interface to the RTOS driven host controller in the Fastrack Supreme. The gateway will enable manufacturers of smart metering solutions to develop devices operating on various RF networks with minimum design effort. Customers can either purchase a ready-to-use expansion card, or buy only the Wireless M-Bus or ZigBee module and create their own card.
The Fastrack Supreme features a powerful central processing unit with an ARM9 32 bit, 26-104 MHz core, programmable via any combination of AT commands, C and Lua. It supports Wavecom’s Intelligent Device Services which enable the remote monitoring and upgrade of meters in the field.
Radiocrafts is a leading RF module design and manufacturing company and Wavecom is a leading provider of embedded wireless technology for M2M (machine-to-machine) communication.