They are widely used in smart metering systems to allow, in an automated way, the recovery and storage of information produced by energy, gas, water meters as well as their transfer to a processing center, through the available network and, at the same time, to send commands imposed by the control center to the counters. In fact, the M3C concentrators are able to communicate
M3C meters are based on ST processors of the SPEAr © line; APKAPPA, with its brand a.p.systems, has established a technical collaboration on their SPEAr © product to be able to integrate it in its latest generation data communication concentrators. For this, ST has granted the APKAPPA R & D team to become part of the development center on its SPEAr © wireless CPU project.
As regards to the firmware, M3C counters use the Linux operating system and can be updated with local or remote interventions.
In the branch of energy, water and gas distribution a.p.systems proposes the communication devices of the APYLink family, which can connect meters with a control center via public and satellite wireless networks. APYLink devices collect information on the operating status of the counter / control point, sends it to the control center and is able to transfer instructions received from the control center to the counter / pdc.
The DM530 product series is the latest evolution of the APYlink family of communication devices that takes advantage of the previous ST310 and AT420 already very well known on the market for their reliability and for being designed for complex applications. To date, hundreds of thousands of these modems with a perfectly working connection.
The advantageous technology of these products is mainly summarized in:
In addition, the DM530 takes advantage of the experience gained by a.p.systems in the design and construction of similar equipment for the largest Italian energy distributors, where the reliability and the cost-effectiveness of its solution is today the most appreciated.