Oslo, Norway, and Täby, Sweden -- Radiocrafts and Smarteq Wireless have demonstrated over a 1.5 km range, from a utility meter to a gateway in a Wireless M-Bus system, using state-of-the-art antennas and RF modules. The system is compliant with the new Open Metering System specification and the NTA 8130/DSMR. The Wireless M-Bus standard (EN 13757-4:2005) is used for the communication between electricity, gas, water, and heat meters and a Multi Utility Communication (MUC) controller (concentrator). Long radio range is important to make a reliable and cost-efficient system, reducing the number of MUCs required to cover a large geographical area.
By combining the leading RF performance of the recently released RC1180-MBUS3 radio module from Radiocrafts with high-performance commercial off-the-shelf antennas from Smarteq, a line-of-sight range of 1.5 km was achieved for Wireless M-Bus T1 mode. The slightly directive high-efficiency antennas are excellent for wall-mounted utility meters, where the peak radiation (or reception) can be pointed in the most effective direction.
The RC1180-MBUS module combined with the Smarteq antennas meets the European radio regulations for license-free use. Hallvard Moholdt, Technical Solutions Manager at Radiocrafts, commented: "The demonstration done with Smarteq antennas shows that Wireless M-Bus can achieve an impressive range. We are happy to work together with the experienced Smarteq team to propose a combined solution, where the important antenna-parameters are well handled. The Smarteq antennas are also a good choice for the other modules in Radiocrafts' huge footprint-compatible module portfolio."
Fredrik Uggla, Key Account Manager at Smarteq Wireless, added: "We are proud to see that our antennas give excellent range performance when paired with the Radiocrafts RF modules."
Visit us at Metering Europe in Barcelona, Spain, from 6 to 8 October (Radiocrafts at stand no. 201, Smarteq Wireless at stand no. 731) to hear more about our wireless AMR solutions and see our wide range of antennas.
Radiocrafts AS 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.
Smarteq AB (publ) is a leading Antenna Co. that supplies and develops high-quality antennas and antenna systems for communication between vehicles, machine-to-machine, and wireless transfer of voice and data. Smarteq is active in the OEM-market and in the aftermarket. The company is represented by distributors and agents in more than 30 countries worldwide. The head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden.