Cannon Technologies, Inc. has announced the availability of a versatile AMR device designed for remote reading of popular digital polyphase meters in 4-6 seconds over utility-owned power lines. The multi-voltage/multi-protocol MCT-470 is the first 'micro-RTU' capable of bi-directional serial communication with digital meters from different manufacturers over power distribution lines.
The MCT-470 supports Elster ALPHA Plus meters, Landis+Gyr S4 and S4e meters, and Itron SENTINEL meters from a single device at any of the standard meter voltages. It can be upgraded in the field using the Cannon Technologies handheld tester loaded with MCT-Minder software, allowing upgrading to additional protocols such as DNP 3.0 which is planned for the future.
The MCT-470 also features pulse and status inputs and trip/close relays, allowing it to be used to control irrigation pumps, gen sets and downline reclosers in addition to bringing back metering information.