VERICOM-Smart metering solution
via SubGHz Radio Mesh-Network
VERICOM - Smart Metering Solution via battery-operated, self-healing mesh-network technology.
VERICOM radio mesh-network is an independent, proven and interoperable smart metering solution based on fully bi-directional, battery-operated SubGHz radio infrastructure, built to collect data from all meters and measurement devices from all medias (such as: electricity, gas, water, heat and cooling).
VERICOM radio nodes are “meter independent” and communicate with different meter makes and meter types.
Customer success story
Reducing meter reading time by 99% , there is more time for network improvement operation.
“In the past our meter reading team of 4 people was reading all meters in our city manually by use of handheld and it took them 4-5 days and severall additional days for re-reads, although informing the customer about re-reads and making an appointment.
After decision was made for VERICOM – mesh-network smart metering solution we receive our meter data from different media (electricity, water, heat and gas) every minute automatically without any read-out errors. Now we do have more time for improvement work” said Metering Department Manager..
In the beginning 2 different systems were tested in different parts of the city with 30 units each. After test-phase it was clear to go with VERAUT’s smart metering solution, due to meter-independence due to lots of different interfaces to existing meters and 99,89% of meter data 5 minutes after full hour.
“Installation was very easy, only connecting to existing meter, plug-in battery of VERICOM radio node and waiting for the built-in LED indicating proper reading of external meter and proper radio communication – installation work per meter was less then 5 minutes” .
“In total, looking at long-life operation, it costs less than other metering systems, but is future-proof due to latest state of technology and possibility of remote firmware upgrade” says Mr Oberhuemer responsible for decision for VERICOM mesh-network solution.
How it works?
Functionality of mesh-network technology.
VERICOM mesh-network is based on bi-directional communication technology receiving and forwarding data and operating independently from one another. Each radio node can act as an independent router within the network.
If a meter (VERICOM radio node) is removed, the network will automatically re-route the data communication. When added to a network, a meter (radio node) will automatically be activated and help with the routing process.
A mesh-network is self-healing, regardless of disruptions in communication routes, the network automatically maintains a high and stable performance no matter how many radio nodes are added, removed or repositioned within the mesh-network. The mesh-network is considered to be very reliable because it works with several communication paths between source and destination address.
With a few components and dynamic routing, the wireless mesh-network is quick and easy to use and more cost-effective than other communication systems. The communication paths in a wireless mesh-network overcome the physical boundaries of a traditionally wired system such as PLC (powerline communication), which increases the range even in harsh environments.
In standard operation VERICOM radio nodes read out the meter at the full hour (in real-time) and transmit this meter index/values immediately to the VERICOM data-concentrator. From VERICOM data-concentrator all collected data of VERICOM radio mesh-network nodes are transmitted via cellular/mobile (3G-UMTS / 4G-LTE) communication to customer's IT-system.
VERICOM radio nodes are based in license free SubGHz-ISM-bandwidth and operate with ultra-low power energy management for several years with a single lithium battery. The range in urban areas is up to 1500 meters in rural areas up to 5000 meters (30 dB / 1 Watt radio output power). Nevertheless each VERICOM wireless radio node is automatically - due to its mesh-network functionality - a distance extender.
VERICOM radio communication is reliable safe, each communication telegram is encrypted by advanced encryption standard AES-128.
How to connect to external device (meter) ?
VERICOM mesh-network solution is meter independent, therefor each radio node is able to read-out any implemented meter make or meter type.
VERICOM solution does offer lots of hardware interfaces to connect to external devices, such as:
- pulses / S0 / reed-contact
- absolute encoder SCR/SCR+
- grey-code encoder
- M-BUS Master
- M-BUS Slave
- M-BUS (TTL)
- serial communication RS232
- serial communication RS485
- analogue signal (0-3/10V;0-20mA)
- temperaturesensor PT 1000
- optical OCR-/scan-interface
- proprietary hardware & protocol
meters in operation:
Natural Gas meter:
- ELSTER: Absolute Encoder
- DRESSER: GreyCode Encoder
- FLONIDAN: Uniflo, GXS, GreyCode
- ITRON / ACTARIS: "e"-series
- DIEHL/HYDROMETER: Swiss meter
- VERAUT: UGSM Ultrasonic meter
- Various meters with reed-contact
- Landis&Gyr: Ultraheat 50, Ultraheat XS
- DIEHL/HYDROMETER: Sharky
- KAMSTRUP/RKG: Multical 401,
- Multical 601
- ENGELMANN SensoStar 2
- VERAUT: UHM Ultrasonic meter
- DIEHL/HYDROMETER: Flypper
- SENSUS: Dynamic Hybrid, Residia,
- Householdmeter 620
- ENGELMANN WaterStar
- VERAUT: USWM Ultrasonic meter
- Various meters with reed-contact
- ELSTER: AS3000: RS485
- ECHELON (PLC)
- ISKRA (PLC)
- AMIS/SIEMENS (PLC)
- GLOBAL TRONICS: RS232
- KAMSTRUP 382: RS232
- meters with interfaces such as:
- (pulse, LED, RS232/485, M-BUS)
Get in Touch
VERAUT - Verfahrens- und Automationstechnik Ges.m.b.H.
Derfflingerstr.14 / C / 3
A-4020 Linz / Austria
+43 732 386361-0
+43 732 386361-20
info [@] veraut.at
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