Smart Metering (AMR / AMI) Solutions

With demand for electric power constantly increasing, efficient energy distribution and management assume significance. Enabling the Smart Grid is the way forward to achieve an efficient and reliable electricity distribution system, reduce energy costs, enable demand-side management and cut carbon footprint. To realize the full potential of the Smart Grid, utilities need to adapt themselves by transforming their operational models, processes and systems. Successful implementation of the Smart Grid would depend on the deployment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)/ Automated Meter Reading (AMR) technology through smart metering solutions. As a result, utilities are increasingly opting for smart meters to streamline their operations and empower consumers to manage electricity usage.

Smart meters are critical components of the Smart Grid and enable two-way communication by interfacing remotely with the utility and deliver meter readings automatically. By providing detailed information about consumption patterns, smart meters allow consumers to make informed decisions to alter usage and lower electricity bills. Smart meters allow utilities to better monitor the electric system through demand-side management and demand response to reduce peak loads, remote connect-disconnect option, fraud detection and prevention of outages.

The Kalkitech Smart Metering Solution is an interoperable, flexible, scalable and secure solution that enables communication with a wide range of meters, and collects and transmits meter data to the control center for analysis. With Kalkitech’s solution, utilities can obtain meter readings automatically thereby eliminating manual effort, detect tamper issues, remotely disconnect electric power supply and offer time of use pricing schemes. By providing inputs on consumption patterns to load dispatch centers or independent system operators, it helps schedule generation from conventional and renewable sources cost efficiently.

Key highlights of the solution:

  • Flexibility to go with numerous architectures and technologies best suited for the customers’ requirements and characteristics such as density, latency and performance, operational costs, infrastructure requirements, etc.
  • Can support GPRS, CDMA, 3G ZigBee, LPRF, PLC, M-Bus, and more
  • Can support DLMS/COSEM and ANSI C12.19. Large implementation reference with different meter models
  • Global project references in three continents
  • Distributed architecture based MDAS / Meter Head end system that can be easily scaled up to communicate with millions of meters.
  • Standard communication interfaces to enterprise applications and systems.

SYNC 600 Meter Interface Card and SYNC 500 Metering Protocol Library

Kalkitech’s SYNC 600 Meter Interface Card (MIC) is the ‘smart’ component that converts an ordinary meter into a smart meter.

It can be integrated into existing meter designs to enable advanced protocol and communication capabilities in the meters thereby reducing the lead time for new smart meter design. Smart meter manufacturers can focus on core business of metrology instead of building R&D capabilities in communications.

SYNC 600 supports multiple communication channels such as Zigbee, GPRS, EDGE, PRIME PLC, CDMA, RS 485, wireless M-Bus etc. SYNC 600 comes embedded with Kalkitech’s SYNC 500 DLMS/COSEM Metering Protocol Library to support the DLMS/COSEM protocol. The library is DLMS User Association certified and enables meter manufacturers to upgrade their meter models to comply with the DLMS/COSEM protocol thereby ensuring interoperability.

SYNC 5000 Meter Data Acquisition System

Kalkitech’s SYNC 5000 Meter Data Acquisition System is a scalable, secure solution and helps collect meter data from the SYNC 1700 DCU through various modes including GPRS/CDMA/WiMax/LTE Modems. It enables two-way communication between utilities and meters, helps utilities to initiate demand-response programs through monitoring and control, and provides inputs for auto billing, notification etc. Kalkitech’s SYNC 5000 can talk to local as well as remote meters over multiple communication channels like RS232, RS485, RS422, Ethernet Base Tx/Fx 10/100/1000 Mbps, GSM, GPRS, CDMA, PSTN, LPR etc., either directly or through port servers or modems. SYNC 5000 supports multiple standards based protocols including IEC 62056 DLMS/COSEM, Modbus RTU/TCP and selected proprietary protocols.

SYNC 6500 Series – Meter Explorer – Meter Testing Tool

Kalkitech also offers the SYNC 6500 Meter Explorer to enable meter manufacturers to conduct advanced DLMS meter testing, validation as well as for deployments in small meter reading applications. Kalkitech’s DLMS Explorer is a Windows based DLMS/ COSEM testing tool with DLMS client driver as well as OPC access (v3.0) server interface. The OPC interface enables easy integration with SCADA systems for monitoring and control applications

Technical feature Benefit
SYNC 500
Attested by DLMS UA Quicker certification process for meters / end products through the Kalkitech DLMS source code
Platform independent source files Faster implementation and integration
Supports HDLC, TCP/UDP and PRIME PLC communication channels Interoperability
IEC 61334 and security support as per AES GCM Advanced security
DLMS compliance with international metering standards including the UK, Japan and India Ease of integration and implementation
SYNC 600
Supports multiple communication channels including ZigBee and PRIME PLC Flexibility – same meter can be easily customized for different markets and technological specifications
Supports multiple metering protocols including DLMS/COSEM, ANSI C12, M-bus, etc. Interoperability — can work with a large number of metering architectures and country specifications
SYNC 5000
Consumer metering support for large scale deployment of smart meters Reduced infrastructure costs
MRM library for a large number of meter models Interoperability
Numerous database storage options Flexibility in storage, as per the customer / market requirements
Integrated M2M router functionalities Reduced infrastructure costs as need for separate hardware / firmware is eliminated
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