Radiocrafts wins major smart metering contracts in India

Radiocrafts AS announced today it has been awarded two major contracts in the smart metering market in India. Two leading electricity meter manufacturers in India have chosen a wireless meter reading solution from Radiocrafts.

The cost competitive wireless mesh network module has been developed together with Tiny
Mesh AS, a Norwegian based software development company providing mesh radio protocols
and cloud services. The multi-hop, self-configuring and self-healing mesh networking protocol is
integrated in a compact RF module of only 12.7 x 25.4 mm, showing an unmatched combination
of performance and cost. By adding this module to the utility meter, a two-way radio link is
established to cover all utility meters in an area, at a minimal cost. Gateways connect the
network to the internet for cloud based data storage.

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Radiocrafts announces narrowband RF modules for industrial market

Radiocrafts AS announced today a new radio module series for the industrial radio market. The RC17xxHP-RC232 module series provides narrowband radio performance combined with high output power for long range industrial applications.
The new module series covers all ISM bands below 1 GHz, including 169, 433 and 868 MHz, as well as some national bands used for application specific radio communication (444, 458, 465 MHz, etc.). The embedded RC232 radio protocol provide point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communication over an encrypted data link, and is very easy to use.
The narrowband modules operate in bandwidths down to 12.5 kHz, with temperature stabilized crystal oscillators to ensure reliable operation over the full industrial temperature range, -40 to +85 degrees Celsius. The RF output power is configurable up to 500 mW.

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Radiocrafts announces complete two-way 169 MHz Wireless M-Bus meter reading module

Radiocrafts AS announced today the new expanded feature set for the 169 MHz Wireless M-Bus module for long range Automatic Meter Reading (AMR).
The new module includes all features necessary for secure two-way communication between meter and concentrator. The module contains the industry leading Wireless M-Bus stack, supporting all physical layers, MAC layers and frame formats, transport and security layers. All critical timing for two-way communication is handled by the module, along with very low power features for extended battery lifetime.

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Current Cost partners with Radiocrafts to supply IHD’s for Smart Meters

Current Cost, the leading global manufacturer of In House Displays (IHD) and home energy
monitors, has collaborated with Radiocrafts, respected specialists and leaders in design and
manufacture of RF modules, to allow consumers to view real-time energy information from
Smart Meters.

The cooperation has resulted in IHDs being able to receive real-time consumption data from
electricity, gas, heat and water meters over multiple communication protocols. Fully working
IHDs for 868 MHz and 169 MHz Wireless M-Bus will be demonstrated at Metering Europe in
Amsterdam, October 4-6.

Radiocrafts participates actively in the European standardization work and embeds protocols
like Wireless M-Bus, ZigBee and KNX RF in high performance, high quality RF modules. When
integrated in the new range of Current Cost IHD’s, energy consumption and other useful
information including messages from the utility companies can be visualized and easily read,
with an option for access via smart phones or mobile browsers. This means that users can view
their data wherever they are, leading them to make informed choices which reduce overall
home energy consumption.

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TinyMesh RF modules with self-configuring mesh protocol for ISM bands

Radiocrafts AS introduces a new, powerful mesh network protocol operating in all sub-1 GHz and 2.4 GHz license free ISM bands. TinyMesh networks are self forming and self healing without external interaction. Due to the mesh network redundancy, TinyMesh offers superior range and reliability, with no limitations in number of gateways or addressable nodes. Compared to other mesh protocols, TinyMesh gives the shortest time to market due to its ease of use and self-configuring capabilities. TinyMesh supports transparent data communication, as well as digital I/O control, analogue inputs and
PWM outputs. Among several unique features, TinyMesh provides location information for asset
tracking, automatic battery supervision and RF signal strength information.

Safe and reliable data traffic is secured by Listen Before Talk, CRC integrity check, acknowledge and retransmission mechanisms on every data packet delivery. TinyMesh is available in Radiocrafts modules at 433, 865 and 868 MHz with optional 500 mW output power for European and Indian markets. Line-of-sight range in excess of 3 km per hop is achievable with the high power modules. TinyMesh further supports 915 MHz for North-America and 2.4 GHz with up to 100mW output power for world-wide use. TinyMesh modules are pincompatible with Radiocrafts’ world leading Wireless M-Bus and KNX RF modules.
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Radiocrafts launches world’s first KNX-RF Multi module for building automation

Radiocrafts AS now expand their product line with a new module complying with the KNX-RF Multi specification. KNX is the only open international standard for Home- and Building Control, used in Smart Home, Building Automation and Building Management Systems.

RC1180-KNX2 is the world’s first RF module including a complete KNX-RF Multi protocol stack.
The KNX-RF Multi is an extension of the European Norm for building automation adding redundancy and increased reliability. The main features of the new Multi standard are; frequency agility by using up to 5 frequencies, fast link acknowledgement of up to 64 receivers with automatic retransmission, and multi-hop repeaters extending the range by two hops. Battery operated transmitters and receivers are also supported by the new standard. The embedded protocol is backward compatible with KNX-RF 1.1 and KNX Ready, and can be used for unidirectional and bidirectional devices.
The new module is designed for sensors, actuators and other home- and building automation equipment. Due to its small size, easy-to-use interface, complete protocol and low power consumption, it can easily be integrated into any product making a very cost efficient solution.

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World’s first long range AMR metering module at 169 MHz

Radiocrafts AS now expands their Wireless M-Bus product line with a new module using the 169 MHz band for long range Automatic Meter Reading (AMR). The module is compliant with the new prEN 13757-4:2011, operating in the new harmonized frequency band for meter reading in Europe.
Based on a proposal from Radiocrafts, a new narrowband communication mode has been defined in the Wireless M-Bus standard. The combination of VHF frequency, true narrowband operation and high output power, gives superior communication range and coverage even in urban environments. The typical range is 1.5 km in urban areas and 20-40 km in open terrain with quarter-wave antennas.

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Radiocrafts launches ZigBee® Smart Energy (SE) Module

Radiocrafts AS now expand their product line with a compact ZigBee module dedicated for Smart Energy application (ZNM-SE). The module is based on a ZigBee PRO compliant platform and offers a complete ZigBee PRO protocol including support for the ZigBee Smart Energy profile.
The module supports the Certificate Based Key Exchange (CBKE), and the entire Key-Establishment cluster is embedded in the module. This eases the development effort for customers and also eases the processing burden on the external processor. The Smart Energy application, being a meter, a display or a load control device, will be implemented in an external processor (MCU). The application will communicate with the module through an API via UART or SPI serial interface. The module can support any device specified in SE profile specification 1.0 and is also targeting all devices in the upcoming SE 1.1 release.
Certificates and initial encryption keys is also written to the module via the serial interface. The Smart Energy Module comes in two different hardware configurations, RC2400 and RC2400HP. The RC2400 is ideal for low power, battery operated products, while the RC2400HP has integrated 100mW PA and LNA adding significant range, gi
ving an impressive 119 dB link budget.

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Radiocrafts launches ZigBee® PRO Network Module

Radiocrafts AS, a leading provider of compact RF modules, now expand their product line with a compact ZigBee PRO Network Module (ZNM) for use in ZigBee based mesh networks. The ZNM module offers the complete ZigBee PRO network protocol in a small module with an easy to use API interface. By using the new ZNM module, ZigBee applications can be built with minimum effort,  reducing time to market.
ZigBee is a standard for monitoring and control applications using low power radio networking. The standard is becoming increasingly popular as a basis for wireless mesh networks. The new wireless module is targeting applications like industrial sensor networks, building automation and home automation systems. This is the smallest all-embedded module designed for ZigBee offered in the market, also available in a high power version for extended range.

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Radiocrafts announces patent pending technology for Wireless M-Bus

Radiocrafts AS, a leading provider of Wireless M-Bus solutions for use in AMR and Smart
Metering, announces patent pending technology used in their Wireless M-Bus module solutions.
Their module portfolio includes solutions compliant with the Dutch Smart Metering
Requirements (DSMR / NTA 8130), and the Open Metering System specification (OMS)
initiated in Germany. Radiocrafts is actively participating in the standardisation work of OMS,
and in the CEN Technical Committee 294 reworking the EN 13757 (M-Bus).
Radiocrafts has developed an extensive range of intellectual property (IP) related to their
products. Several of the unique features and methods used in the implementation of the
Wireless M-Bus modules are being patented. Radiocrafts also offer their Wireless M-Bus IP for
licensing to customers implementing and deploying large scale Automatic Meter Reading

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