The V2 meter’s modular design enables it to adapt to technological advances, so that future infrastructure investments will remain viable for the longer term. The meter can be supplied as Smart-Ready, Smart-Lite or Full-Smart, with each variant upgradable while in service which eliminates the need for replacement as the smart meter roll-out progresses. The meter also offers remote prepayment and pay-as-you-go solutions.
Nigel Rzemieniecki, Remote Energy Monitoring Chief Executive Officer of UK technology, notes, “Energy companies can install our new meter with its interchangeable and upgradable modules, and know that it can be adapted to meet whatever communications or other technology options they may choose in the future. We believe it is the most adaptable and enduring meter on the market, offering energy companies greater flexibility and asset life than any other.”
When used with Remote Energy Monitoring’s Smart Metering Operations Suite (SMOS) software, the new meter offers an end-to-end smart metering system. Local Area Network (LAN) options include ZigBee low-power radio at 2.4GHz, along with Wide Area Network (WAN) options including GPRS. The communications modules are physically separated from the metering module which provides modularity and flexibility.
Other features of the meter include continual, secure two-way communications; remote meter reading at flexible frequencies; ‘time of use’ consumption data; pricing with support for multiple smart tariffs; debt recovery; and import and export energy measurement.
REM’s Rzemieniecki adds: “Our new meter offers energy companies the most adaptable, fully functional, value-for-money product available on the market. It has advantages both for the energy suppliers and for their customers. Having achieved OFGEM and MID accreditation, we’re now ready to enable pan-European roll-out of smart metering technology.”
Remote Energy Monitoring’s meter development centre is located in Australia while the systems are developed in the UK, with meters manufactured in China.