Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 8, 2011 – Elster has announced what it says is the world’s first truly integrated universal meter and radio platform, the REXUniversal meter.
Designed with advanced capabilities, the REXUniversal meter platform allows EnergyAxis® and other smart grid vendors’ 900 MHz RF mesh communications to run natively on the identical REXUniversal meter hardware with integrated communications, economically delivering meter and network flexibility to utilities.
By integrating interoperability into a single card containing both metrology and communications, the REXUniversal meter is designed to simplify updates to local area network (LAN) communication functionality and enable significant operational efficiencies by eliminating the need to remove meters and physically change-out the communications board to accomplish a system-wide network change.
Further, communication protocols may be changed remotely to alter the device’s personality, allowing the device to operate natively in different network systems without requiring hardware replacement.
With the ability to quickly and cost effectively migrate endpoints to different communication systems, utilities are no longer locked in to just one network for their smart grid technology and system needs.
“Elster is committed to providing choice through the development of truly open products,” said Mark Munday, president and CEO of Elster Solutions. “This advanced integrated communication hardware sets a new industry benchmark for utility flexibility, system interoperability and risk mitigation in technology choice”
The REXUniversal meter platform features an advanced radio and communications processor, capable of supporting the future IEEE 802.15.4g standard and IPv6 protocols. The meter design also supports additional communication modules, including but not limited to, cellular or Ethernet wide area network (WAN) interface cards, and options for local connectivity to in-home devices and gas and water meters.
The REXUniversal meter platform is expected to be commercially available in North America in the second quarter of 2012.