Alpha Micro Wireless has introduced the RF Savvy Series smart meter Wirelyss Antenna, which is designed for electric smart meters enabled for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) communications. The patented cover mount antenna offers improved radiation patterns and antenna efficiency for superior network coverage.
Available as a retrofit solution or embedded into the meter cover, this new antenna was developed to make it easier for developers of wireless enabled metering products to obtain over the air (OTA) certifications mandated by wireless carriers.
According to Alpha Micro, “This performance improvement is due to the cover mounted location for the antenna, which improves the uniformity of the signal (antenna radiation pattern) from the meter, and enhances the inherent receiver sensitivity which can be degraded by other types of flexible printed antenna and modem board mounted antennas that are typically mounted in close proximity to the cellular modem.”
Alpha Micro continues, “The Wirelyss RF Connector provides an untethered RF connection designed to route the RF signal to the cover mounted Wirelyss smart meter antenna from the wireless modem located inside the smart Meter. Offering unrestricted service access to the meter, this new un-tethered connector allows utility staff to gain easy field access to the meter without risk of damaging the connection to the antenna.”
Alpha Micro Wireless president and chief executive officer Norm Smith, adds: “The introduction of our patented smart Meter Wirelyss antenna and Yokowo’s durable RF connector solution furthers our goal to bring to market wireless technology that simply enables utilities to achieve 100 percent meter read rates by raising the bar on the wireless connection to the meter.”