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Elster chooses ADI for wireless smart meter connectivityElster, global provider of electricity, gas and water measurement, has selected ADI’s ZigBee-based smart metering solution for use in gas and electricity meters that it is deploying as part of the UK nationwide rollout. 

Analog Devices (ADI), a US semiconductor company, is supplying its ADF7241 transceiver along with a ZigBee network protocol stack from Exegin Technologies, to provide the wireless connectivity needed for Elster’s meters, the company said in a statement.

Joerg Klatte, head of Smart Meter Solutions at Elster Gas, said: “Elster selected ADI’s ADF7241 smart metering solution because of the performance, design flexibility and product future-proofing it provides.”

Mr Klatte continued: “ADI is providing a package that allows Elster to use a ZigBee software stack for both 2.4-GHz and 868-MHz bands. In particular, it enables Elster to maximise the battery lifetime of our smart gas meters while achieving better that state-of-the-art radio performance.”

Smart meter connectivity

Leslie Muller, president of Exegin, added: “ADI’s radio technology combined with Exegin’s ZigBee stack offers a smart metering solution that supports multiple PHY devices in a single PAN, including 868 MHz and 2.4 GHz in the United Kingdom’s dual ban radio solution.

“This is ideal for smart meters installed in Great Britain because it provides an agnostic approach that offers maximum flexibility with the stack operating as a coordinator, router, or end-device.”

According to the release, ADI’s ADF7241 solution enables utilities to improve on customer billing accuracy, advanced power quality monitoring assisting the utility to reduce its operating costs.

UK smart meter rollout

More than 50 million smart gas and electric meters will be installed in homes and small businesses across Britain, as part of the UK government’s Smart Metering Implementation Programme.

On the smart meter rollout, Daron Walker, director of Fuel Poverty & Smart Meters at the DECC said in recent statement:  “I’m very conscious we’ve now reached a point where we have a stable design. What we need now is consistency, minimum change and just getting on with it.”