Electrical meters (or water meter or gas meters etc.) are critical for measuring supply and distribution of utilities such as electricity. A service provider needs to record the meter reading in the meter to be able to bill the consumption to the client as well as use it for analysis.
A smart meter is typically a meter which allows getting the metering data from the meter remotely. A smart meter may have a range of additional smart functionalities.
The key features of smartness in the meters are related with the following:
- Integrated communication modules -such as RF, GPRS/4G, PLC, WiFi, Blue Tooth, LORA etc.
- Meter Data protocols - proprietary protocols or Industry standard protocols such as DLMS to provide meter data as well as Tamper data
- Support to Bi-directional commands: RTC Setup, Relay Connect/Disconnect, Load Setup, ToU Setup etc.
These smart meters can be used not only for billing purposes but also for analysis, energy balance, forecasting net metering, smart prepaid etc.
Industry has been providing a combination of these features as well as additional features to provide Smart Meters.
BIS has defined a particular standard IS 16444 to define smart meters.
Innologix provides smart metering solutions integrated with smart meters from partners such as L&T, Schneider, CyanConnode etc. These smart meters are integrated with Innolgix MDM and Billing solutions to provide comprehensive smart metering and smart grid solutions.