Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications (Trieste, Italy), a machine-to-machine (M2M) technology company, announced on Tuesday the launch of its new module featuring Wireless M-Bus transfer technology. The new ME50-169 module features 169 MHz and is designed for smart gas, water, heating or electricity meters. These smart meters automatically transmit consumption data to the utility companies, which can increases the accuracy and transparency of bills and helps improve energy efficiency, according to the company.
Telit’s ME50-169 modules are compliant to the latest Wireless M-Bus Standard and are specifically made for metering in the 169 MHz band.
Wireless M-Bus is a standardized transfer technology for radio for the remote reading of meters inside buildings, says Telit. The data from the individual meters is transferred to a concentrator on site, which collates and transfers it via GSM/GPRS to the supply companies. The modules are compatible to Telit’s gateway service, which integrates Short Range and GSM/GPRS capabilities, says the company.
The M-Bus modules with LGA (Land Grid Array) mounting technology use extremely low power consumption. In addition, the module is equipped with an embedded low power ATMEL ATX microcontroller, allowing it to be integrated into various systems, reducing time to market and project costs, says Telit.
The ME50-169 is compatible with the Telit modules in the ZE (Zigbee 2007 and PRO stack), NE (Mesh low power) and LE (basic point to point, broadcast stack) families.
According to Telit, Smart metering is already being successfully used in Italy, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, North America and Australia. In Germany, from 2010 onwards, new buildings are required to be equipped with smart meters, and from 2018 this will apply to all buildings. Also in the UK, the government launched a smart metering project planning to install one million GPRS-connected gas meters until 2020.