Monitoring customer energy use data


Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. and Antwerp, Belgium — (METERING.COM) – May 31, 2007 – Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the US-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, and the Belgian automated meter reading (AMR) company XEMEX have announced that XEMEX has selected one of Telit’s GSM/GPRS modules to be deployed in XEMEX’s CrediTalk® smart meters. Telit’s GE863-Quad module will enable CrediTalk to continuously monitor data related to their customers’ energy usage as well as widen the utility company’s portfolio of services. The CrediTalk units have been designed especially for use in facility management and building technology.

"After extensive testing of the various GSM modules, we found that the GE863-Quad from Telit matches best our technical requirements," says Marc Coppens, CEO of XEMEX.

With the pre-paid CrediTalk application, energy companies can monitor and analyse customers’ consumption habits. CrediTalk is attached onto existing meters and provides additional functions and communication features. The GSM/GPRS-based communication system enables constant communication between the meter and a central reporting system. The GSM module assures permanent access to the users’ data without the need for additional smart cards or access codes. The CrediTalk management application allows the meter to be managed from any remote location with a high level of reliability.

CrediTalk’s prepayment facility enables consumers to manage their transactions from home through an online feature. Consumers can use the meter’s display or visit a web site to retrieve detailed information about their electricity usage, which enables them to adjust their power consumption accordingly.

"The manufacturing time and cost savings afforded by the GE863 make it ideally suited for large-volume applications such as CrediTalk developed by XEMEX," explains Roger Dewey, President and CEO of Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc.

The GE863 is one of the world’s only GSM/GPRS modules to boast the BGA (Ball Grid Array) assembly concept. Rapid assembly is thus possible using the pick-and-place method, the same for standard SMD components. The Telit-specific features EASY GPRS® and FTP made the elaborate data transfer requirements for this application simple to develop.

With the continuing deregulation of European gas and electricity markets, competitive pressure is growing on public utilities and the ability to access detailed information on customers’ usage habits is becoming more and more important. Public utilities are also being forced to differentiate themselves from their competitors through additional services. AMR gives these companies the opportunity to offer such services. Companies and consumers can read meters remotely and therefore measure consumption in real time. Remote reading promotes greater flexibility in responding to customers’ needs. AMR offers much more than just new sources of revenue for public utilities; it also reduces costs and makes the management of plants and equipment easier and more streamlined.