New possibilities for remote meter reading

The process of enabling remote meter reading is now greatly simplified. Solution providers are now able to collect and provide readings of data from meters by using Develco Products’ Gateway, a flexible white label wireless platform that allows devices to connect into smart home, smart energy, healthcare or building management systems.

This connection allows for monitoring and analysis of household utility consumption down to the minute, which gives users access to close and accurate readings. This is facilitated through the Squid Smart App, a middleware application that allows solution providers to build their own application without the need of programming. This can greatly simplify, for example, providing users with access to meter readings from the convenience of their personal computers or smartphones.

Through the Gateway, it is possible to use only configurations when establishing the connection with a wireless device instead of programming them. As the Squid Smart App now supports Wireless M-Bus, the European standard for wireless meter communication, the configuration possibilities can now also be used to establish communication with different kind of meters, including gas, electricity, water, and heat.

Remote Meter Reading and Wireless M-Bus

The benefits of remote meter reading are undeniable. Data from electricity meters can help utilities save the expense of manually collecting data from each meter, and they are provided with almost real-time data. With this data, it is possible for utility companies and users to base estimates on these rather than data about past consumption or predictions about the future. In the case of water meters, the data can be used to provide the users with information and counseling about their water consumption. In case there is a leak, it is also possible to detect it and initiate a solution.

These benefits are further expanded by using Wireless M-Bus, as it is a highly secure one-way protocol, meaning only people with encryption keys can access the data. Additionally, it has a long communication range, which improves the functionality of meters.

Squid Smart App

With the Squid Smart App, solution providers will not have to worry about programming. The Squid Smart App provides a REST API, and the devices connected to the gateway are modelled as resources in the API. To identify available resources, the Squid Smart App relies on templates. Since templates consist of easily readable text, solution providers can upload, modify, and download new versions without programming. This way, the Squid Smart App gives providers a shortcut to rolling out their solutions.

The templates in the Squid Smart App define how each device needs to be configured. When a device is integrated into a solution through the API, the application matches the device with a template. When a match is found, the API then generates the data points defined in the template and apply the configuration settings to the device, which greatly simplifies the process.

Wireless M-Bus Module

To simplify the process of enabling remote meter reading through wireless communication and the Squid Smart App’s support of Wireless M-Bus, Develco Products offers a Wireless M-Bus Module for NES meters. The module, which is part of the OSGP Smart Grid Solution, serves as a gateway between the wireless network and the NES electricity meter power line communication. The NES Interface can collect meter readings from up to 16 different meter units in one system.

Find out more about Wireless M-Bus and Develco Products’ NES meter module.