Smart Metering

Do you need a proven, cost-effective, and modernised modular solution for your Smart Metering  Application which requires low R&D investments? Then a Radiocrafts world-leading Wireless M-Bus module is the solution for you!

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Proven Industry Solution

Turn-key Design and Customization of Modules

5-2-international

Over 2 Million Modules Sold Worldwide

Proven and Mature Developments Tools

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Secure, Encryption and Authentication

Two-way communication

Two-Way Communication

We are successfully working with many established companies in the Smart Metering industry. You could be our next partner! Just a few examples include: 

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Introduction To Smart Metering

Smart Metering is the term used to describe the new intelligent way of not only reading utility meter data, but also maintaining and controlling the metering infrastructure.  Instead of manual reading of utility meters, Smart Metering is quickly becoming the standard way to read electricity, water, gas and heat meters by automatically collecting consumption data using highly cost-effective Smart Metering communication modules. The preferred technology is wireless, by integrating an RF communication module into the meter itself. Radiocrafts is a leading provider of such RF modules.

Smart Meters using RF communication are necessary for battery-operated meters for water, gas and heat, and also a preferred solution for electricity meters, replacing PLC for increased reliability and reduced cost.

Smart Meters are used for billing purposes by utilities, as well as for maintenance and monitoring of the infrastructure. Smart Meters are also used for sub-metering in apartment buildings, shopping malls, industrial plants, and more. Another important application is the gathering of energy consumption data for a Building automation system that will react on real-time data to control energy consumption.

By using RF communication modules in a Smart Metering system, you can realize immediate labor savings, fast billing cycles, and the ability to stem – in real time – utility losses and leakages. You can meet your customer’s demands for real-time utility consumption metrics for their efficiency programs. No manual reading is required for Smart Metering, which means that once a Smart Metering interface is added to the meter, reading can be done remotely and with a relatively high frequency at virtually no cost.

The Smart Metering market, especially in Europe, is using standardized and interoperable communication protocols. The leading standard is Wireless M-Bus, using license-free frequency bands (no subscription cost). 868 MHz solutions dominate the market, especially in Germany. But 169 MHz is gaining interest, especially in France (WIZE), Italy and Spain.

Radiocrafts' Long Experience and Expertise in Smart Metering

An RF module from Radiocrafts is always compatible with the latest additions to the Wireless M-Bus standard as Radiocrafts is an active contributor of technical expertise to the standardization work, both at the European level (CEN) and at the national level (OMS and WIZE). Radiocrafts is a leading provider of 868 MHz and 169 MHz Wireless M-Bus modules which are being used by many of the top-tier companies in the metering industry, with an installation base of more than 2 million units.

In Germany, Radiocrafts took part in the first pilots in 2010 with more than 100k units. Now, Radiocrafts modules are used in the first Smart Meter Gateways that are BSI certified to meet the requirements for secure communication. Large deployments of water meters in France are now using the Radiocrafts WIZE protocol modules operating at 169 MHz.

For non-European deployments, Radiocrafts provides RF modules operating at 433 (New Zealand / Australia, Middle-East, Latin America), 865 (India), 868 (Russia) and 915/923 MHz (USA, Canada and more).

With extensive experience in high-quality radio communication, battery power management and antenna design, Radiocrafts also offer design services in order to customize a solution for easy integration into Smart Meters. Radiocrafts is working with several leading meter manufactures to provide tailored solution based on Wireless M-Bus and WIZE.

Radiocrafts' Solution For Smart Metering - Wireless M-Bus

There are many considerations to take into account when designing a Smart Meter Communication System, such as:

  • The radio communication protocol should be compliant to standards (Wireless M-Bus, OMS, Wize) as well as local radio regulations (such as RED or FCC part 15). Often these requirements are listed in the tenders, but even if they are not, the solution needs to meet local radio regulations.
  • The R&D investment in terms of time and money must be considered when it comes to implementing the radio communication part of the meter.
  • The lifetime of the Smart Meter, and in particular its battery, must last for 10 – 15 – 20 years.
  • Finally, chose a technology and operational frequency that is suitable for the planned installation. There are many competing radio technologies contending for Smart Metering. Make sure you use a technology that was developed for this particular use case in mind.

The fastest way to demonstrate technical compliance in a tender bid without large up-front investments, is to use a well proven module solution.

Radiocrafts’ Wireless M-Bus modules will ensure that the solution is accepted in the market, is well proven, reliable and secure, using the best industrial practices to meet Smart Metering requirements.

Radiocrafts has an impressive portfolio of Wireless M-Bus modules for Smart Metering applications which will ensure standard-compliance, the flexibility to choose between different modes and frequency bands, save you a lot of R&D investment, will take you fast to market, and are proven in quality.

Our portfolio includes:

1. Standard OMS compliant Wireless M-Bus modules which are frequently used in Metering applications, particularly in Europe.

2. Ultra-narrowband, 169 MHz radios for the best noise resilience, penetration properties, and range for applications with meters installed in hard-to-reach places.

3. The Wize module variant is based on the Wireless M-Bus mode N (169 MHz), and is specially designed for deployments where the gas meter / water meter /sensors are located in hard-to-reach places. The Wize protocol has added new encryption and authentication, a structured command set, and a protocol for firmware download over-the-air. It is intended for smart metering, public lighting, energy management of buildings, smart mobility, etc.

4. The challenging response time requirements in Wireless M-Bus (time between receiving a message, until transmitting the response), demands a special solution to handle two-way communication between a gateway and multiple meters. Radiocrafts has developed a patented solution for this challenge as the only provider in the world. This unique patented technology using a mailbox and pre-cooked messages ensures that two-way communication can be handled with a large number of meters all using individual encryption keys.

5. Application specific Wireless M-Bus modules such as our MPC1 module for pulse counting, alarm supervision, and transmission scheduling, and our MSM modules with intelligent sensor interfaces.

6. For high volume-business we also offer customization of the modules to integrate other sub-systems. We can offer turn-key solutions including antenna and PCB design. All of this reduces the R&D efforts for our customer and will also save costs in BoM due to higher integration.

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Key considerations for Wireless M-Bus were always low power for battery operations and a high level of security to meet the meter-market requirements. This makes Wireless M-Bus an ideal solution for the metering application but also any Industrial application that needs a secure, robust and low-power wireless connection. Our Wireless M-Bus modules give a battery lifetime of over 15 years.

Radiocrafts’ Wireless M-Bus modules conform to CE (RED), and are pre-assessed for global operation in different frequency bands. In addition, Radiocrafts offers Wireless M-Bus development tools which allow the customer to evaluate our products and quickly develop new applications. The tools provide a cost effective and exceptionally fast way of creating a fully functional wireless network.

Support Tools For Wireless M-Bus

We recommend that you buy a Wireless M-Bus Development Kit in your early stage product evaluation. The development kits are designed to be easy to use and to very quickly support a wireless link or network, where you can make a good analysis of the network performance. 

You can buy the Wireless M-Bus Development kit from:

Read more about our Wireless M-Bus solutions here.

Read our extensive documentation on Wireless M-Bus, including datasheets, User Manuals, Development Kit documentation, Application Notes and more, here.

Download Software Tools for Wireless M-Bus here.

Watch tutorial videos on Wireless M-Bus here.