Telit strengthens smart metering presence

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Telit Wireless Solutions, a leading global vendor of high-quality machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and value-added services, today announced that its M2M modules have been selected by Digicom SpA, a company specialized in the design and production of telecommunications and networking solutions, to optimize the operation of T-LOG, a meter reading device for gas, LPG, and water.

Digicom adopted Telit’s ATEX certified variant of the GE864-QUAD module to integrate it into T-LOG, the company’s leading solution for remote control and telemetry applications for gas, LPG and water. The device measures consumption pulses from meters through pulse-receivers and an 868MHz radio transceiver and sends the data via SMS, GSM/GPRS or TCP/IP connection. It can read directly up to 2 counters equipped with pulse emitters and can be configured and managed completely remotely to guarantee maximum flexibility and investment savings. The configuration of data transmission can be set from daily to monthly with readings stored into local memory. Thanks to special connectors for level gauge and counters, the T-LOG can be very easily installed and used.

Gateway functionality is provided by Telit’s GE864-QUAD ATEX, the extra-rugged member of the GE864 product family which incorporates quad-band functionality, RoHS compliance, as well as low power consumption. Integration of the GE864-QUAD ATEX, a module meeting the stringent requirements of Europe’s ATEX directive, was necessary because of use in potentially explosive environments where Digicom’s products operate. ATEX, a European directive on equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (94/9/EC) was enacted March 1st 1996 and is also referred to as the ATEX Directive (ATmospheres EXplosibles) or “ATEX 95”.

Application of the GE864-QUAD ATEX to Digicom’s T-LOG is expected to reduce consumption by 20%, due to higher reliability and an increase in connection stability estimated at 30%. The GE864-QUAD ATEX module allows more accurate billing from real-time consumption information, reduction in delays for notification of anomalies, and significant cost savings in maintenance personnel.