Smart metering: PRIME’s new specifications opens alliance to US and Asia


PRIME Alliance, the organisation to support open standards for PLC-based smart metering and smart grid infrastructure, will release a new version of its specifications in time for European Utility Week in Amsterdam on 4-6 November, 2014.

PRIME v1.4 will introduce new features as well as extend the full 500 kHZ FCC and ARIB spectrums to better address American and Asian market needs.

The new specifications also aim to ensure the interoperability of products and backward compatibility with the already installed 4 million meters, corresponding data concentrators and gateways with PRIME Specifications 1.3.6.

The alliance stated that the new specifications also take advantage of recent security and robustness breakthroughs, to enable the deployment of PRIME solutions on medium and low voltage grids, allowing variety of configurations and scenarios.

The launch news comes as PRIME confirmed more than 3 million meters worldwide are using the platform in its April 2014 newsletter.

EDP’s project in Portugal has chosen PRIME Alliance member’s meters and devices, while Energa is extending its PRIME commercial roll out by an additional 450,000 PRIME smart meters and corresponding data concentrators, choosing a consortium led by Elgama sp. Zoo and Sagemcom.

Pilots are also taking place in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

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