News from Europe about the multi utility communication controller


Conference: World Meter Design Congress
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Presenter: Detlef Einacker
Abstract: Presented by Detlef Einacker at World Meter Design Congress

The AMR working groups (utilities and industry) in Germany and Spain propose several new and interesting concepts and standards for automated meter reading. This presentation introduces and gives an overview to those developments with a main focus on the MUC-C (Multi Utility Communication Controller)

Within the diverse developments on the European AMR market, the open industry working groups set new standards. The combination of several utilities and industry partners allows doing necessary significant changes towards the way meters are read. If millions of private households are to be connected, every open standardisation and simplification of necessary communication is most welcome.

The German MUC organisation for AMR ( and the parallel organisation for industrial AMR ( are based on the same new standard communication Language SML (Smart Meter Language) which allows e.g. the push of meter data towards the central database / billing systems. This reduces the necessary data exchange independent of the chosen communication way. Both industrial and private customers can be integrated into one central AMR system.

All customers meter (electrical, water, gas, heating) and smart home applications (displays, controls, alarm systems, etc.) should use one standard ‘data pipeline’. This allows new multi utility services (billing, customer interaction like information, switching) and business models for utilities and communication service provider.

In Spain the PRIME group was launched with the aim of developing a new, future proof, PLC-based, open standard that could meet the future requirements on customer real time interfacing and smart grid evolution. Mainly OFDM as modulation scheme for PLC should bring significant bandwidth for high speed communication.

This presentation gives an overview about these new standard developments, shows examples, explains the technique and describes the impact on the implementations of AMR systems.

The results of the industry working groups, open new standards, are a win for the whole AMR discussion world wide. They will help to achieve winning implementations and to define reasonable business cases.