Automatic Meter Reader for Energy Meters


Automatic Meter Reader for Energy Meters
Automatic meter reading, or AMR, is the technology of automatically collecting consumption
of energy parameters and send to server for comparison and data analysis purposes.

The parameters which are sent to the server are Active Energy, Voltage, Current,
Frequency, Power, and Power factor.
The advantage of installing Automatic Meter Reader for Energy Meters is
to obtain the historical consumption data and utilize them to understand the high consumption
area, timing and implementation of strategy to reduce the same.

As per Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (USA based nonprofit organization)
a smarter grid can help you in following ways :

  • Nearly $600 in direct bill savings for the average household each year
  • Gives control over your power bill by making it possible to
    monitor and adjust your energy use through smart meters and home energy management
    systems that offer 24/7 rate and usage readings.
  • Reduces expenses to energy producers by allowing direct communication
    with end-user equipment to reduce consumption during these peak periods,
    lowering the need for costly standby power plants
  • Some states offer new pricing plans that make it possible
    for consumers to save money by controlling how much electricity
    they use during times of peak demand when electricity is more expensive

Deployment Diagram

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AMR

Argus has developed Automatic Meter Reader for Energy Meters with features:

Automatic Meter Reader

Automatic Meter Reader

Device works on Ac supply 230V

Supports RS485/RS232 communication

Can connect up to 32 electric meters in a network

GPRS/SMS based system.

Reads from electric meters and updates to server/mobile

Battery backup during power failure.

Application

  • Electrical Panels – Industrial LT Panels.
  • Motor Control Centres, Distribution Contol & Relay Panels.
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Panels.
  • Genset Panels.
  • Generation, Transmission and Distribution Panels.
  • Test Benches and Laboratory Equipment.
  • Uninterrupted Power Supply.
  • Special OEM Application.
  • Suitable for 3P, 4W LT Application.
  • Three line LCD backlit display.
  • Displays: Active Energy, Voltage, Current, Frequency, Power, Power factor etc.
  • Three push buttons on the front panel for programming and scrolling.
  • CT secondary -/1A or -/5 A (user selectable).
  • Maximum values of parameters can be reset.
  • Available with RS485 MODBUS communication.
  • Available in Class Accuracy 1.0

Automatic Meter Reader for Energy Meters purchase request can be sent to sales@sysargus.com
or can be contacted via phone or email.
We ship this product worldwide and also it can be customized as per your requirements.

We have independently developed AMR addon board which can be added to any of the existing meters and make it GPRS enabled and smart enough to be connected to the cloud.

Argus Embedded System is India’s leading company in providing electronic product design services for Security & Surveillance, Home and Industrial automation, Medical, Transport & Logistics, Automotive, Networking, Telecom, IoT and  Connected devices. Our professional experts  are available via phone or email for your consultation. Ask for a free quote on any of our services or products.

References :

https://powermin.nic.in/sites/default/files/webform/notices/Strategy_for_Rollout_of_Advanced_metering_infrastructure.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/smart-meters-how-they-work

https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=108&t=3

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Target costing is a critical factor in product design and development. It not only gives idea about the final product but also helps in assuring the success of the product in the market. How to calculate target cost for Electronic Products? Before going into the specifics the brief  life cycle of electronics design and development of a new innovative product can be outlined as below.

Generic Life Cycle of Electronic Products

  1.    Idea of a product
  2.    Market Analysis  – Marketing Requirement document
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  4.    Requirement design – Product requirement Design document
  5.    Quotes for design and development – Technical Proposal
  6.    Prototype build – Design, verification and manufacturing of prototype
  7.    Requirement verification and validation
  8.     Mass Production
Electronic Product Development Process

Electronic Product Development Process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical Origin of Target costing

Target costing is believed to be originated in Japan in the 1960s and since the 1980s Western companies in North America and Europe have tried to adopt target costing albeit over the years many variations of target costing have been developed and are being used in different countries. ““Value engineering” is another similar known concept from Americans which emphasizes on maximizing desirable product attributes while at the same time minimizing product costs (Leahy, 1998).

How to calculate target cost for Electronic Products ?

The principle of target cost starts with finalizing of selling price of a particular product and work back to the cost by removing the cost of profit. The design and manufacturing teams are vital for this as the emphasis is given from the design and planning stage, so that the apt decision are made to determine the price and feature combinations suitable for the product and profitable for the customers.

Factors which affect costing 

  • The Mandatory features of the product
  • Good-to-have features
  • Bill of material, PCB costing : No of components
  • Environment Requirement :  Russia or South Africa, inside water or top of mountain
  • The complexity of design and ease of manufacturing
  • Enclosure design and material
  • In-house expertise and sub-contracts
  • Batch size and packaging, shipping costs

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Cost of a unit can be worked out by taking cost of all above and desired profitability.  Conventional costing records costs only as they are incurred but target cost gives flexibility and ability for cost control and increase the margins as per demand of the market.

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Argus Embedded System is India’s leading company in providing electronic product design services for Industrial, Networking & Telecom and Defense domains. Our professional experts  are available via phone or email for your consultation.  Give us a chance to help you, in making your dream come true. Ask for a free quote on any of our services or products.

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The  Quark OpenWRT Wifi router with 4G/LTE  support  is idle for remote locations and areas where Ethernet or dsl internet connectivity has not reached. Also it works as great development board for software developers who wants to understand the nitty-gritty of openWRT, Router, Wifi etc.

Features:

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  • 21.5 dB output power
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  • Firewall/ NAT

Block Diagram:

 

OpenWRT Routerwith 4G/LTE support

OpenWRT Routerwith 4G/LTE support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product:

Quark OpenWRT Wifi Router

Quark OpenWRT Wifi Router

Download Datasheet:

Quark_OpenWRT_Router_Datasheet_v1.1

 

 

 

The  OpenWRT WiFi router with 4G/LTE  product purchase request can be sent to sales@sysargus.com  or can be contacted via phone or email . We ship this product worldwide and also it can be customized as per your requirements.

Argus Embedded System is India’s leading company in providing electronic product design services for Industrial, Networking & Telecom and Defense domains. Our professional experts  are available via phone or email for your consultation.  Give us a chance to help you, in making your dream come true. Ask for a free quote on any of our services or products.

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Block Diagram

Smart irrigation system with humidity sensor.

Smart irrigation system with humidity sensor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Features :

 Microcontroller: ATMEGA
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humidity sensor
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Product 

Smart Irrigation Controller

Smart Irrigation Controller

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6_4Ghz_Wifi_Board

2.4 GHz RF Front End – Chip Antenna

2_4_GHz_RF_Front_End

2.4GHz RF Front end – PCB Antenna

2_4_PCB_Antenna2

2_4_PCB_Antenna1

5.2 GHz RF Front end

5.2_RF_Front_End

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802.11n_Mixed_Signal

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430_Mhz_RF_Reciever

Argus Embedded System is India’s leading company in providing electronic product design services for Industrial, Networking & Telecom and Defense domains. Our professional experts  are available via phone or email for your consultation.  Give us a chance to help you, in making your dream come true. Ask for a free quote on any of our services.

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Legacy Industries -> Smart Industry using Industrial IoT Gateway

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Smart Cities using Industrial IoT Gateway

 

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Quick Comparison SIMCOM 800C-DS/800F/800C/800/800H

Quick Comparison SIMCOM 800C-DS/800F/800C/800/800H

SIM800C-DS/800F/800C/800/800H are GSM and GPRS module which can be used in various domain and devices. These modules are sub-system of the Internet-of-everything hardware and are used to send the updates.

Below is the quick comparison sheet for the  SIM800C-DS/800F/800C/800/800H  modules. These modules can be used in any devices which caters to the security, retail, smart metering, vehicle tracking , people tracking and other domains.

 As per application and requirement the module should be selected. This comparison is between simcom wireless modules sim800 and other SIM8xx series modules. It omits the common features which are present in all the modules and highlights only the differences for making informed decision.

Argus electronic project design team is working on exciting IoT hardwares which includes integration of SIM900 and SIM800 modules.

 

Quick Comparison SIMCOM 800C-DS/800F/800C/800/800H

FeaturesSIM800C-DSSIM800FSIM800CSIM800SIM800H
General Quad-Band GSM/GPRSQuad-Band GSM/GPRSQuad-Band GSM/GPRSQuad-Band GSM/GPRSQuad-Band GSM/GPRS
17.6*15.7*2.3mm24*24*3mm17.6*15.7*2.3mm24*24*3mm15.8*17.8*2.4mm
850/900/1800/1900MH 850/900/1800/1900MH 850/900/1800/1900MH 850/900/1800/1900MH 850/900/1800/1900MH
LCC and LGA pads, support Dual-SIM, SMT typeSMT typeSMT typeLGA type
NANANABluetooth and Embedded ATBluetooth, FM and Embedded AT
NANANABluetooth: compliant with 3.0+EDRBluetooth: compliant with 3.0+EDR
Software•SSL•SSL• SSL• TTS (optional)• TTS
•TTS_CN (optional)•Bluetooth 3.0 (optional)• Bluetooth 3.0(optional)• Embedded AT (optional)• Embedded AT (optional)
• Java (optional)
GPRS DataNANANA• Non transparent mode• Non transparent mode
NANANA• CSD up to 14.4 kbps• CSD up to 14.4 kbps
Interfaces77 SMT pins with68 SMT pins with42 SMT pins with• 68 SMT pads with88 LGA pads with
•SIM Card Interfaces (Dual Standby)• Analog audio interface• Analog audio interface• Analog audio interface• Analog audio interface
---SIM card 1: 3V/ 1.8V• RTC backup• RTC backup• PCM interface(optional)• PCM interface
---SIM card 2: 3V/ 1.8V• USB interface• USB interface• SPI interface (optional)• RTC backup
•Analog audio interface• Serial interface• Serial interface• RTC backup• Serial interface
•I2C interface• GPIO• GPIO• USB interface• Interface to external SIM 3V/1.8V
•USB interface• ADC• ADC• Interface to external SIM 3V/1.8V• Keypad interface
•Serial interface• PWM• GSM Antenna pad• Keypad interface• GPIO
•PCM• I2C• Bluetooth Antenna pad• GPIO• ADC
•SD• GSM Antenna pad• ADC• GSM Antenna pad
•GPIO• Bluetooth Antenna pad• GSM Antenna pad• FM Antenna pad
•ADC• Bluetooth Antenna pad• Bluetooth Antenna pad
•GSM Antenna pad
Certifications•ROHS• ROHS• CE• CE• CE
•REACH• REACH• FCC• GCF• GCF
• TA• FCC• FCC
• ROHS• TA• ROHS
• REACH• CTA• REACH
• CTA• CCC• PTCRB
• CCC (on going)• ROHS• CCC
• REACH• Anatel
• ANATEL• A-TICK
• A-TICK• CTA
• TA

 

Key points:

  1. Dual-SIM support  : Sim800C-DS
  2. Bluetooth and Embedded AT : SIm800
  3. Bluetooth, FM and Embedded AT : Sim800H
  4. Java : Sim800
  5. SPI interface (optional) : Sim800
  6. I2C Interface : SIM800C-DS, SIM800F

For other differences the Quick Comparison SIMCOM 800C-DS/800F/800C/800/800H table can be referred. 

Argus Embedded System  is India’s leading company in providing electronic product design services for Industrial, Networking & Telecom and Defense domains. Our professional experts in India, USA and UK are available via phone or email for your consultation.  Give us a chance to help you, in making your dream come true. Ask for a free quote on any of our services.

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