Radiocrafts, Sierra Wireless Debuts GSM/GPRS/EDGE Gateway for Smart Meters

Radiocrafts and Sierra Wireless launched a GSM/GPRS/EDGE gateway for smart metering that embeds a Wireless M-Bus radio compliant to OMS, in a very compact form factor. Wireless M-Bus is the standard used in the communication between meters and concentrators. The solution is based on the Sierra Wireless’ Fastrack Supreme, a GSM/GPRS/EDGE modem with programmable application processor capabilities. Fastrack Supreme comes with an open-standard interface that enables developers to add supplementary I/O connectivity and features in the form of expansion cards. Radiocrafts has developed a unique expansion card for smart metering that adds Wireless M-Bus or ZigBee to the GSM/GPRS/EDGE modem.

A Radio Test Gateway firmware, is available free-of-charge for developers to rapidly tailor the gateway with MUC (Multi Utility Controller) features like data concentration, encryption key-distribution and installation support. Source code for the demonstration software is available from Radiocrafts and their partner Asvito.

The Open Metering System (OMS) is Europe’s only system definition with a uniform approach for all media (electricity, gas, heat and water, including sub-metering). Wireless M-Bus is used for the data transfer between the meters and the data concentrator (MUC). The communication from the MUC to the back-end system is IP based, such as GPRS.

The Fastrack Supreme features a powerful central processing unit with an ARM9 32 bit, 26-104 MHz core, programmable via any combination of AT commands, C/C++ and Lua. It supports Sierra Wireless’ Intelligent Device Services which enable the remote monitoring and upgrade of meters in the field.

Hallvard Moholdt, Technical Solutions Manager at Radiocrafts, commented: “We are happy to work with the dedicated team from Sierra Wireless on a solution which secures both companies’ customers the first OMS enabled gateways. OMS represents an important step towards the harmonisation of future smart metering solutions, to the benefit of utilities and consumers alike.”

Pierre Piver, Vice President Embedded and OEM Sales at Sierra Wireless, added: “We are delighted to see how innovative companies like Radiocrafts are taking advantage of the creative opportunities offered by the Fastrack Supreme. We are proud to be able to offer the smart metering community the very first OMS compliant gateway on the market.”

About Radiocrafts AS
Radiocrafts is a leading RF module design and manufacturing company. Radiocrafts’ standard RF modules provide compact, easy-to-use, low cost, low power and high performance RF solutions for a large number of wireless applications using license-free ISM bands. Using modules OEM manufacturers without RF design knowledge can easily add wireless technology into their design, reducing time-to-market, cost of design, test and compliance approvals. Radiocrafts also offers custom and application specific product development, supporting customers from initial project ideas to volume product delivery.

About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) products connect people and machines to wireless networks around the world. We offer an advanced, comprehensive product line, addressing consumer, enterprise, original equipment manufacturer, and specialized vertical industry markets. We also offer a wide range of professional and operated services. Our solutions are used for mobile computing, transportation, industrial M2M (machine-to-machine), enterprise, residential and consumer communications applications.

About Asvito Communication
Asvito Communication develops advanced software solutions for embedded and industrial markets, like GSM/GPRS/EDGE gateways and custom Open AT software for the Fastrack Supreme modems, USB drivers and general software for embedded controllers.