A major new release of the EIServer platform, version 9.1, has been launched by Elster as an end-to-end meter data collection (MDC) and meter data management (MDM) solution designed to provide utilities with high performance and cost effective scaling for residential and C&I deployments.

With support for core MDC-MDM industry standards, the EIServer platform’s versatility allows utilities to choose the integration model that best fits their needs, whether in specific standalone configurations for head end, MDC and MDM applications, or as an end-to-end integrated solution.

EIServer version 9.1 includes support for new access security and topology configurations, extended device management options, and the ability to load multiple profiles from meters. This simplifies management of myriad device types and ensures compatibility with multi-vendor environments and new security models. In addition, an enhanced web portal with management dashboard incorporating standard key performance indicators (KPIs) for data collection, validation, and exception-based reporting enables utilities to lower their operational costs through powerful automation and maximum efficiency.

“EIServer version 9.1 has been designed specifically to support utilities needing to meet new market demands as smart metering rollouts gather pace across Europe and worldwide,” said Dimitri Degraeve, head of Product Management Software and Services at Elster. “In the residential and C&I metering environments, use cases will become more complex and demand high performance and scalability. EIServer addresses these challenges by providing a simple and scalable system for managing different device types simultaneously and accommodating multi-vendor performance while enabling utilities to move towards a common information model.”

EIServer version 9.1 is available as an ISO 27001 certified cloud-hosted platform or on premise solution that is both secure and highly configurable to meet the specific market needs of utilities. It supports IEC 61968-9 CIM, the industry standard for meter reading and control, and CIM IEC 61970, the enterprise integration standard ensuring interoperability between different utility systems. This provides a flexible and seamless integration with any enterprise architecture. It also supports more than 180 device protocols, as well as DLMS and ANSI C12, the core international standards providing the interface between devices and meter collection points.