Radiocrafts and Wavecom introduce Wireless M-Bus and ZigBee®-enabled GSM/GPRS/EDGE gateway for smart metering

Radiocrafts used Wavecom’s open-interface Fastrack Supreme to create a compact gateway combining several RF technologies for smart meter management.
Oslo, Norway and Issy-les-Moulineaux, France-September 18, 2008
Radiocrafts AS and Wavecom SA today announced the launch of a new GSM/GPRS/EDGE gateway for smart metering which embeds Wireless M-Bus and ZigBee, all in a very compact form factor. The Wireless M-Bus standard (EN 13757-4:2005) specifies the communication between water, gas, heat and electricity meters and concentrators, whereas ZigBee is a standard for monitoring and control applications using low power radio networking.

The unique new solution is based on Wavecom’s Fastrack Supreme, a programmable application processor with GSM/GPRS/EDGE modem capabilities. The Fastrack Supreme comes with an open-standard interface which allows developers to add supplementary I/O connectivity and features in the form of expansion cards. Radiocrafts has developed a unique expansion card for smart metering which adds Wireless M-Bus or ZigBee to the GSM/GPRS/EDGE communications function.

The solution reflects Radiocrafts’ successful business model, which is to propose size and pin compatible modules of the smallest possible size. The expansion card created with Fastrack Supreme embeds Wireless M-Bus (868 MHz) or ZigBee (2.4 GHz, including high power) on interchangeable PCBs. Both versions of the card connect via a UART serial interface to the RTOS driven host controller in the Fastrack Supreme. The gateway will enable manufacturers of smart metering solutions to develop devices operating on various RF networks with minimum design effort.

Customers can either purchase a ready-to-use expansion card from Radiocrafts, or buy only the Wireless M-Bus or ZigBee module and create their own card. All documentation required to manufacture a customized expansion card is made available by Radiocrafts. Source code for the demonstration software is available from Radiocrafts and their partner Asvito (Drammen, Norway).

The Fastrack Supreme features a powerful central processing unit with an ARM9 32 bit, 26-104 MHz core, programmable via any combination of AT commands, C and Lua. It supports Wavecom’s Intelligent Device Services which enable the remote monitoring and upgrade of meters in the field.

Hallvard Moholdt, Technical Solutions Manager at Radiocrafts, commented: “We have thoroughly enjoyed designing with the Fastrack Supreme – the concept perfectly matches our business which is all about making RF easy for our customers. The resulting product provides a very flexible and cost-effective solution for smart metering, and indeed for control and monitoring in general.”

Philippe Guillemette, Chief Technology Officer and VP Marketing at Wavecom, added: “This is exactly the kind of innovative design that the Fastrack Supreme with its open interface was created to support. We are very excited about Radiocrafts’ product, which combines our GSM/GPRS/EDGE solution with two other very successful RF technologies, and we are convinced that it will be very well received by the smart metering community.”

To find out more, visit us at Metering Europe in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 22 to 24 September (Radiocrafts at stand no C02, Wavecom at stand no H03), or at Metering India in Mumbai, India from 14 to 16 October (Radiocrafts at stand no 303, Wavecom at stand no 501).

About Radiocrafts

Radiocrafts is a leading RF module design and manufacturing company. Radiocrafts’ standard RF modules provide compact, easy-to-use, low cost, low power and high performance RF solutions for a large number of wireless applications using license-free ISM bands. Using modules, OEM manufacturers without RF design knowledge can easily add wireless technology into their design, reducing time-to-market, cost of design, test and compliance approvals. Radiocrafts also offers custom and application specific product development, supporting customers from initial project ideas to volume product delivery. www.radiocrafts.com

Radiocrafts media contact :
Emma Carlson
Key Account Executive
Tel: +47 464 22 934
Email: sales@radiocrafts.com

About Asvito Communication

Asvito Communication develops advanced software solutions for embedded and industrial markets, like GSM/GPRS/EDGE gateways and custom Open AT® software for the Fastrack Supreme modems, USB drivers and general software for embedded controllers.

www.asvito.no