Telit Wireless Solutions strengthens presence in Smart-Metering Industry

Telit Wireless Solutions, a global vendor of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and value-added services, announced that its M2M modules have been selected by Digicom SpA, a company specialised in the design and production of telecommunications and networking solutions, to optimise the operation of T-LOG, a meter reading device for gas, LPG, and water.

Digicom adopted Telit’s ATEX certified variant of the GE864-QUAD module to integrate it into T-LOG, the company’s leading solution for remote control and telemetry applications for gas, LPG and water.

The device measures consumption pulses from meters through pulse-receivers and an 868MHz radio transceiver and sends the data via SMS, GSM/GPRS or TCP/IP connection. It can read directly up to 2 counters equipped with pulse emitters and can be configured and managed completely remotely to guarantee maximum flexibility and investment savings.

The configuration of data transmission can be set from daily to monthly with readings stored into local memory. Thanks to special connectors for level gauge and counters, the T-LOG can be very easily installed and used.

Gateway functionality is provided by Telit’s GE864-QUAD ATEX, the extra-rugged member of the GE864 product family which incorporates quad-band functionality, RoHS compliance, as well as low power consumption.

ATEX, a European directive on equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (94/9/EC) was enacted March 1st 1996 and is also referred to as the ATEX Directive (ATmospheres EXplosibles) or “ATEX 95“.

Application of the GE864-QUAD ATEX to Digicom’s T-LOG is expected to reduce consumption by 20%, due to higher reliability and an increase in connection stability estimated at 30%. The GE864-QUAD ATEX module allows more accurate billing from real-time consumption information, reduction in delays for notification of anomalies, and significant cost savings in maintenance personnel.

Telit technology, together with Digicom’s knowhow provide optimised management of meter reading and “smart” control of consumption, particularly important when considering the criticality of avoiding water waste. As water is a key driver of economic and social development and maintains the integrity of the natural environment, a coordinated action that includes the interests of diverse stakeholders is needed, as the deployment of smart water meters.

Dominikus Hierl, chief marketing officer at Telit Wireless Solutions, explains: “The smart metering sector is one of our core strategic markets from where we are seeing very high demand for M2M solutions. We are delighted that, with our GE864-QUAD ATEX module, we are able to make an important contribution to help solution providers such as Digicom create and manage their M2M applications reducing total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) while ensuring highest quality and reliability.”

The adopted Telit module belongs to the GE864 family of quad-band GSM/GPRS products. Due to its small size (30x30x3mm), reliability, and efficiency, it is ideally suited for use in large scale telemetry and telematics applications, data transfer terminals, and in remote maintenance and surveillance. The module operates in an extended temperature range from -40°C to +85°C and is equipped with a powerful, energy-efficient processor.

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