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Smart grid as a standard for AMR system


Is there a global standard for AMR / AMI system? The answer is obvious, no. Every manufacturer promotes their standard based on their own operating system, offers customers their metering devices, from gas to electricity meters, develops their programmes for remote data reading and employs their own interfaces for data measurement. As a result, the price for an end user is high and a customer risks to become dependent on manufacturer by purchasing their system. Thus, the issue of making AMR/AMI system approachable and popular is an important one. What is the effect of a global system? Cell phones are a good example for this. They have one GSM standard, protocols and a SIM card. Global use, a wide array of phones of different manufacturers and price categories, modernisation and progress of GSM standard and as a result multi-functional smart phones with internet access have a lot of advantages for customers.

If one standard is necessary for AMR/AMI system, what technologies and protocols can be of common nature? The answer is found: internet together with operating system is a good solution which is there and ready to fulfil all the necessary tasks. As wired system for each metering device or smart home sensor is expensive, wireless technology can help bring internet to each device by means of wireless local networks.

ZigBee Smart Energy has been recognized by 20 countries as a global standard for energy monitoring, control and automation. The ZigBee Alliance has signed some 18 agreements with organisations for IP standard for AMR/AMI system analysis and unification.