Smart meters US: new three-phase electricity unit, muni close to full deployment

Smart-meters-ICP DAS launches new meter
ICP DAS USA has launched the three-phase smart meter aimed at the industrial and home automation market

In the US, California-based industrial data acquisition systems and control products company ICP DAS has launched a new three-phase smart electricity meter.

The new model – PM-3133-240 – supports Modbus RTU protocol and can be used in both low-voltage primary side and medium/high voltage secondary side.

ICP DAS USA, headquartered in Lomita, said the compact smart meter comes wired with clip-on CTs for easy installation.

The unit supports up to 200 Amps current input for three-phase power measurement, and can operate over a wide input voltage range from 10-500 VAC, which allows for worldwide compatibility.

ICP DAS is targeting the PM-3133-240 at the energy monitoring market for home automation and industrial building automation.

The company has also developed touch screen controllers, such as the TPD-433, for home automation systems, where users can view their real time power consumption on a touchpad and send commands to turn on/off your electronic devices by touching the screen.

With its two relay outputs, the PM-3133-240 can also be used in building alarm systems when connected with sirens and alarms.

ICP DAS USA offers solutions for the US industrial market’s data acquisition and embedded control applications. The company also has a strong presence in South America with offices in Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.

Smart electricity meters

Meanwhile, smart meter rollouts continue across the US with municipal electricity utility Idaho Falls Power announcing last week it is close to completing a 27,000 deployment.

The installed meters are using the city’s wireless communications network to transmit consumption and power quality information directly to the utility, report local media.

The utility said the meter’s communication capability eliminates the need for utility personnel to access customer property each month, which could save the city US$600,000 annually in meter reading costs.