Speaker: Filip Louagie, imec
Eli De Poorter, iMinds/UGent/IBCN
Event: 18th work meeting
Date: 5 February 2015
Smarter devices that are always available have given rise to cloud based services to make a more interconnected digital world. At its base is a multitude of communication technologies that carry information and exchange messages. In the smart grid context, utility meters collect such status information that can be used for e.g. automatic billing services, energy consumption optimization, automated appliance control, etc.
One of the main criteria for an utility meter is that it has a long life expectancy. It has to support a number of different existing and future communication technologies such as Power Line Communication, wireless and Cable. For this, a flexible and upgradable module is required. In the course of the CoPlaSM project, a Software Defined Radio (SDR) architecture is proposed and future wireless communication standards for smart meters have been evaluated.
By means of software, the module is made smart and controllable. A modular software architecture enables network protocols to be interface agnostic. Also, the module can be is kept up-to-date with latest technologies simply by uploading new software to already deployed units, which is a major advantage over dedicated solutions.