Iskraemeco selects Sierra Wireless for meter communication

Canadian wireless telecomms company Sierra Wireless will supply Iskraemeco, its AirPrime HL Series embedded modules to enable cellular connectivity in smart metering deployments.

Canadian wireless telecomms company Sierra Wireless has announced that it has been selected by Iskraemeco to provide its AirPrime HL Series embedded modules to enable cellular connectivity in smart metering deployments.

According to a company statement, the modules using the new CF3 form factor compatible with 2G, 3G and 4G networks were selected for communication systems of future smart electricity meters.

The design will be implemented in a smart metering project expected to start in the Q1 of 2016 across the Netherlands, Metering & Smart Energy International has learnt.

Dan Schieler, senior vice president, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless, said the AirPrime HL Series modules are flexible and will allow AMM system providers to manufacture and deploy their devices worldwide with minimal adjustments to their manufacturing and supply processes.

Sierra Wireless cloud platform

Sierra Wireless claims that the modules are compatible with the AirVantage FOTA Edition, a Sierra Wireless cloud-based platform.

The platform allows customers to upgrade device firmware digitally for thousands of deployed devices at a time, ensuring they can stay in service for many years while maintaining security and efficiently managing operating costs.

Janez Zavasnik, communication technology manager for Iskraemeco, said the company selected the AirPrime HL series modules as they will remain fully interchangeable with future versions of the modules, including those for LTE-MTC networks when they become available.

The LTE-MTC technology is expected to provide a highly efficient cellular LPWA (Low-Power Wide Area) technology option for smart metering and smart grid applications, with lower radio-frequency complexity, significantly reduced power consumption, better in-building signal penetration, and lower costs.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.