Accent and Sentec Launch Groundbreaking Smart Metering System Platform

Posted: October 2013

New one-stop platform combines word-class communication and metrology solutions for faster time-to-market and significant cost reduction across the complete range of smart meter types

Accent and Sentec today announce the ASMgrid2-AnyMeter platform, an off-the-shelf smart metering solution based on the ASMgrid2TM standard product family and the latest Sentec current sensor technology. The platform reflects an on-going partnership between two market leaders in the smart meter industry, with approaching 20 million combined meters installed, incorporating respective solutions from both companies. The complete system solution gives meter manufacturers the ability to improve design more rapidly and at a lower cost across a full range of metering products.

In a competitive market where product innovation is key and where design times are continually being reduced, manufacturers who can respond rapidly to new market requirements will have a significant advantage in their ability to win large tenders. Access to a pre-validated offering with unprecedented system integration, scalability, and innovation can dramatically accelerate development as well as improve cost points. The end-to-end ASMgrid2-AnyMeter platform delivers scalability, metrology performance and a complete set of smart grid communication options.

The ASMgrid2-AnyMeter platform brings together Accent’s ASMgrid2 advanced system-on-chip product family with Sentec’s optimized current sensors as well as production-ready reference designs and standard certified software solutions. ASMgrid2 supports all critical smart grid wireless and wire-line communication standards and provides industry leading system integration that smart metering and the rapidly growing machine-to-machine (M2M) markets require. ASMgrid2 features industry-leading energy measurement performance and end-product scalability, and the same device is cost effective for industrial, multi-phase as well as residential, single-phase meters.

Sentec’s patented current sensors have revolutionized meter design, with the company’s first licensed sensor, MobiusTM, being deployed in millions of meters since 2001. Sentec’s latest patented current sensor implements a Rogowski coil designed specifically for current sensing in electric meters. This provides superior benefits to other sensor approaches including immunity to magnetic tampering, Galvanic isolation and high linearity. The sensor is designed to be easily integrated into a meter circuit board to provide a simple and cost effective single board solution for high volume requirements such as smart meter roll outs. The result is a low-cost, field-proven solution that also meets the most stringent ANSI and IEC Class 0.2 requirements.

“The Accent ASMgrid2 standard product family provides an ideal platform for Sentec’s current sensors, with a signal processing chain optimized for the sensor output. Together we provide manufacturers with a one-stop solution for a unified world meter platform proposition, enabling best in class electricity metering. While we both offer innovative technology in our own right, this opportunity promises to produce something greater than the sum of its parts,” commented Dr Edward Colby, CTO of Sentec.

“The ASMgrid2-AnyMeter platform reflects Accent’s continuing commitment to deliver compelling system solutions for the smart grid market,” added Federico Arcelli, CEO of Accent. “By pre-bundling each company’s solutions into a unified platform, we can dramatically reduce design-in effort and risk while also enabling equipment vendors unprecedented product flexibility and cost savings across an incredible range of meter types.”


About Sentec

Sentec is the world leading provider of smart grid, metering and smart building technology. We help our partners achieve growth in energy and water markets through technology innovation and consultancy. Working with us, our partners have sold many millions of smart meters in markets across the world. We have been involved in smart meter design for water, gas and electricity for over a decade, working with some of the largest names in the industry. Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, we are the winners of numerous awards, including 3 Queen's Awards, for both International Trade and Innovation.

 

 

About Accent

Founded in 1993, Accent (www.accent-soc.com) is an ISO 9001:2008 certified world leading semiconductor supplier of communications and metering technologies for the Smart Grid industry. The company is backed by renowned investors such as Sofinnova Partners and Tallwood Venture Capital. Accent is a worldwide operation with offices in Italy, China, France, and United States. Accent's ASMgrid product families integrate the widest technology breadth supporting current and future Smart Grid standards to provide equipment manufacturers off-the-shelf standard products plus complete software platforms for rapid time to market and significantly lowered production costs.


New one-stop platform combines word-class communication and metrology solutions for faster time-to-market and significant cost reduction across the complete range of smart meter types

Accent and Sentec today announce the ASMgrid2-AnyMeter platform, an off-the-shelf smart metering solution based on the ASMgrid2TM standard product family and the latest Sentec current sensor technology. The platform reflects an on-going partnership between two market leaders in the smart meter industry, with approaching 20 million combined meters installed, incorporating respective solutions from both companies. The complete system solution gives meter manufacturers the ability to improve design more rapidly and at a lower cost across a full range of metering products.

In a competitive market where product innovation is key and where design times are continually being reduced, manufacturers who can respond rapidly to new market requirements will have a significant advantage in their ability to win large tenders. Access to a pre-validated offering with unprecedented system integration, scalability, and innovation can dramatically accelerate development as well as improve cost points. The end-to-end ASMgrid2-AnyMeter platform delivers scalability, metrology performance and a complete set of smart grid communication options.

The ASMgrid2-AnyMeter platform brings together Accent’s ASMgrid2 advanced system-on-chip product family with Sentec’s optimized current sensors as well as production-ready reference designs and standard certified software solutions. ASMgrid2 supports all critical smart grid wireless and wire-line communication standards and provides industry leading system integration that smart metering and the rapidly growing machine-to-machine (M2M) markets require. ASMgrid2 features industry-leading energy measurement performance and end-product scalability, and the same device is cost effective for industrial, multi-phase as well as residential, single-phase meters.

Sentec’s patented current sensors have revolutionized meter design, with the company’s first licensed sensor, MobiusTM, being deployed in millions of meters since 2001. Sentec’s latest patented current sensor implements a Rogowski coil designed specifically for current sensing in electric meters. This provides superior benefits to other sensor approaches including immunity to magnetic tampering, Galvanic isolation and high linearity. The sensor is designed to be easily integrated into a meter circuit board to provide a simple and cost effective single board solution for high volume requirements such as smart meter roll outs. The result is a low-cost, field-proven solution that also meets the most stringent ANSI and IEC Class 0.2 requirements.

“The Accent ASMgrid2 standard product family provides an ideal platform for Sentec’s current sensors, with a signal processing chain optimized for the sensor output. Together we provide manufacturers with a one-stop solution for a unified world meter platform proposition, enabling best in class electricity metering. While we both offer innovative technology in our own right, this opportunity promises to produce something greater than the sum of its parts,” commented Dr Edward Colby, CTO of Sentec.

“The ASMgrid2-AnyMeter platform reflects Accent’s continuing commitment to deliver compelling system solutions for the smart grid market,” added Federico Arcelli, CEO of Accent. “By pre-bundling each company’s solutions into a unified platform, we can dramatically reduce design-in effort and risk while also enabling equipment vendors unprecedented product flexibility and cost savings across an incredible range of meter types.”


About Sentec

Sentec is the world leading provider of smart grid, metering and smart building technology. We help our partners achieve growth in energy and water markets through technology innovation and consultancy. Working with us, our partners have sold many millions of smart meters in markets across the world. We have been involved in smart meter design for water, gas and electricity for over a decade, working with some of the largest names in the industry. Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, we are the winners of numerous awards, including 3 Queen's Awards, for both International Trade and Innovation.

 

 

About Accent

Founded in 1993, Accent (www.accent-soc.com) is an ISO 9001:2008 certified world leading semiconductor supplier of communications and metering technologies for the Smart Grid industry. The company is backed by renowned investors such as Sofinnova Partners and Tallwood Venture Capital. Accent is a worldwide operation with offices in Italy, China, France, and United States. Accent's ASMgrid product families integrate the widest technology breadth supporting current and future Smart Grid standards to provide equipment manufacturers off-the-shelf standard products plus complete software platforms for rapid time to market and significantly lowered production costs.