Denmark-based Kamstrup, a manufacturer of system solutions for energy metering, has introduced the Omnia Suite, which the company describes as a, “smart grid-ready end-to-end solution for utilities, with an unprecedented strong focus on openness, security and meter-reading performance.”
“We consider it our finest job to make the complex energy infrastructure manageable and secure,” commented Kamstrup Division Director, Lars Bo Kristensen. “It is, therefore, only natural that we now present a fully matured smart grid-system, based on proven wireless technology, open standards and the latest security technologies. We know that data quality and data frequency are the most basic prerequisites for a well functioning smart grid. “
Kristensen said that the company is fully committed to wireless technology. He added, “Our previous projects confirm that wireless technology provides an extremely high success rate on meter readings without any ‘conditions in small letters’ regarding noisy environments…It simply works.”
In addition, he noted that security was a pivotal issue in the design of the Omnia Suite platform: “Security is becoming a still more acute topic, as smart meters are being distributed in homes worldwide. [Today’s] smart grid system must … take everything from malicious attacks to natural disasters into consideration. The Omnia-system has, therefore, been designed with [an]-in-depth strategy toward minimizing the impact of a single breach. This is the most solid foundation on which utilities can build their security architecture.”
Built for the Smart Home
The Omnia Suite offers interfaces and communications with external devices in the smart home. The Kamstrup Omnipower smart meter features smart home-ability by means of a transparent communication channel. A communication module (such as ZigBee) can be installed in the meters, so that price signals and text messages can be sent to smart home equipment for further processing. An Energy Monitor App provides an instant picture of any unwanted power consumption and contributes to a more conscious usage.
“We need to engage as consumers in a totally new way,” explained Kristensen. “Energy is no longer a simple commodity for which we get billed once a year; energy consumption has become a climate threat calling for intelligent solutions to manage … responsible … usage. At Kamstrup we believe that a true smart grid-system should include features and options that make consumers more energy-savvy.”
In related news, Kamstrup recently has formed strategic partnerships with other leaders in the smart grid-industry in order to be able to offer tailored solutions for utilities and businesses. “Strategic partnerships and the use of open standards are key elements in a smart grid-system that [offers high] flexibility. With the Omnia-platform, we promise seamless integration with third-party systems, so that our customers have freedom of choice and can get maximum value for their smart grid-investments,” Kristensen concluded.
Kamstrup will introduce the Omnia Suite at Metering Europe in Amsterdam, taking place from October 9-11.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein