Are you going to The European Utility Week that is taking place in Barcelona from 15th to 17th November this fall? Teleplan Globe will be present at booth number 3G153, where we will demonstrate the capabilities of our communications planning solutions.
Change in Market Drivers
In the last century the handheld platform technology was driven by the enterprise and to some extent military markets. During the mobile phone revolution round the turn of the century, this trend dramatically changed. Now, the technology development of handheld markets is totally driven by the commercial and enterprise markets. This heavily influences defences’ possibilities to purchase COTS or MOTS handheld terminals without spending a fortune.
The AMR radio networks that are being used as AMI (Advanced Meter Infrastructure) are building on many of the same building blocks as the internet and Internet of Things (IoT).
So what is the IoT? And why does it matter for AMR?
Cisco has defined IoT as:
“The IoT links smart objects to the Internet. It can enable an exchange of data never available before, and bring users information in a more secure way. Cisco estimates the IoT will consist of 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020.”
Applying known technology and principles to private networks opens for new solutions and can ensure the AMI will be an investment for the future. The public internet has already shown how the networks have been able to evolve as technologies and businesses change.
By planning the radio mesh network before rolling out smart meters you can save time and reduce the number of repeated visits to house owners.
As described in the blog article Work order system for effective roll out of AMS we have described how to find the best alternative position of the concentrator which we refer to as a master node.
In this article the focus is planning the optimal order for rolling out the smart meters in a AMR system based on the radio plan described in The best way to plan RF mesh networks.
Read this blog article to learn more.
Did you ever wonder which radio frequencies can be used for meter data collection?
A good starting point to learn more about the frequency administration in Europe is CEPT (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administration). The members can use the CEPT recommendation as a reference document when preparing their national regulations in order to keep in line with the provisions of the relevant directives.
Some of the questions we will try to answer in this blog article are: How do the national frequency plans facilitate millions of AMR radios in each of the Scandinavian countries? What is the current status?
For many years, field engineers and service personnel have operated with high risk to build, monitor and maintain the power grids all over the world. Many powerlines are crossing unfriendly and dangerous terrain other powerlines cover long distances in remote areas with little other infrastructure.
The cost of maintenance and monitoring the transmission and the distribution nets are significant for Transmission System Operators (TSO) and Distribution System Operators (DSO). With access to up to date and accurate information about status of the system can help building better and more accurate routines for condition based and predictive maintenance of the equipment in the field.
Field inspections are often expensive, time-consuming and sometimes risky. This is where drones can add significant value and cut costs. The drones will in many scenarios eliminate the need for sending personnel into the field and hence reduce the risk of human life.
This blog article will explain some important definitions and can be useful to understand more about drones for utilities. The drones are coming to utilities, are you ready?
European Utility Week is one of the largest conferences for smart meters and smart grids in Europe. This year this was hosted in beautiful Vienna.
With 9000 conference delegates and visitors this conference this is a significant venue for everyone working with Automated Meter Reading (AMR) projects.
In this blog we will highlight some of the trends and news we picked up during the week.
Following from the EU regulations many countries in Europe now roll-out or plan to roll-out new smart electricity meters for all consumers. Some consumer are asking; how can I benefit from having a smart meter in my house?
What can the distribution system operators tell their customers when they are asking?
This blogpost will highlight some of the benefits of smart meters for the consumer.
Having a stable and robust AMI (Advanced Meter Infrastructure) network also requires stable backhaul connections. Regardless of what technology you use to gather the meter readings, the data needs to be communicated back to the server. The backhaul connection is the data link that connects your concentrators to your central system. This is typically based on existing fiber connections or mobile data (cellular data). For most networks and for most backhaul links this might be the best choice. However, there are some cases where this approach is not ideal and you would need to look into other alternatives. In this blog article we look at some of the backhaul technologies you could consider.