Although simple meters are able to record and retain a variety of parameters, they are unable to communicate within a network. A Smart Meter is able to record and retain all the parameters that a simple meter can (kWh, kVA, etc.), however its power lies in its ability to participate in a network. Our Smart Meters can communicate bi-directionally, not only to send and receive data, but also for advanced programming of the meter or the grid. Smart Meters make remote management possible. Gone are the days of walking and driving to your meter to obtain its data. Smart Meters that are linked to a Smart Grid can be accessed from the convenience of a computer or smartphone.
S.T.S. is an acronym for STANDARD TRANSFER SPECIFICATION. It is an internationally established protocol that determines how prepaid meters are configured to enable them to recognise vending tokens for the loading of prepaid tokens.
Yes. All our products have full STS approval.
STS Compliant meters all follow the same protocol for the interpretation of encrypted prepaid tokens. Amongst other benefits, this allows the owner of the meter to be able to change their vending partners as required. Meters that are not STS compliant follow a proprietary protocol that is usually tied exclusively to a single vending partner, and cannot be changed.
P.L.C. is an acronym for POWER LINE COMMUNICATION. Our electricity meters make use of PLC technology.
What this means is that meters can communicate using the same electrical cabling that is installed at the property. There is no need for additional dedicated cabling to and from the meter.
Using state-of the-art technology the meters are designed to send frequency-specific communication over existing power lines. Our electricity keypads also work with P.L.C. to communicate to their paired meters.
Elements of electrical supply in a grid such as frequency, voltage and amperage are never constant. Although power supply companies attempt to maintain these elements within acceptable parameters, they are constantly changing.
In an environment of ever-changing parameters, standard PLC often fails.
Dynamic PLC is the next-generation of PLC that is able to retain communication uptime even under constantly changing conditions
Absolutely. This single feature gives our meters a significant advantage over any other meter brand.
Our meters are manufactured to high quality standards for a minimum of 15 years trouble-free use.
Our meters are manufactured to IEC62053-11 specifications and are Active Class 1 rated. This is a class of very highly accurate equipment.
Our meters are compliant with DIN43857. They take up the same footprint as most currently installed analogue electricity meters.
Our water meters are fully self-contained units and as such are slightly larger than traditional analogue water meters but significantly smaller than multi-component water meters where the various parts are not encased in one complete unit.
Our meters can successfully operate between -40 to +70 degrees Celcius. So whether your property is situated in the Sahara, in Siberia or in South Africa, we can cater for your needs.
Our meters can operate in environments of constant 95% Relative Humidity. Therefore they are perfectly suitable for installations in coastal regions or regions of chronic high humidity.
Our meters can be programmed to differentiate not only if energy was photovoltaically genereated, but are also able to record and monitor if that energy was tied back into the grid (for grid-tie permitted installations). Certain countries and municipalities within these regions are allowing individual photovoltaic producers to feed power into the grid and compensate such producers for the power they generate. Our meters are perfect for such instances. They are able to keep track of power coming in and power going out.
Of course. Just as with photovoltaic energy, our electricity meters are able to differentiate what energy was consumed from the grid and how much energy was fed back into the grid by wind-generators.
Local communication (between devices in the same complex or on the same transformer grid) uses PLC in the case of electricity meters and Radio Frequency (RF) in the case of water meters. Non-local communication (from the property to the Meter Management Software) utilises GPRS or ADSL/Fiber, depending on which solution is best for each client.