A network of meters, which are linked together by cable in a Wired M-Bus network, provides rapid and robust remote reading of meters. Kamstrup water and thermal energy meters which support reading via a Wired M-Bus network can be read using a READy remote reading system.
Because of the wired connection, a Wired M-Bus is particularly well suited to apartment blocks where the meters are relatively close to each other or in situations where remote reading through wireless communication is not possible. A Wired M-Bus network requires minimal maintenance and can both collect data and read meters at high speed. Choosing a wired system ensures that you get optimal battery lifetime from your meters – even when you need to read data frequently.
All of this ensures your flexibility and gives you certainty that your system supports your requirements now and in the future. At the same time, you can operate your network both quickly and reliably.
Manual and automatic meter reading
Your data is updated automatically on a daily or hourly basis, and you can manually prompt a reading of your meters with READy Manager directly from the plant whenever you require.
A manual reading from the plant is rapid and gives you full control over which data you need – for example, for analysing irregularities in your distribution network. The automatic readings provides continuous access to alarms and info codes whenever they arise, which enables you to react quickly and limit any consequential damage. At the same time, you get an overview of the consumption over time for correct billing, analysis of consumption patterns etc.
To read your meters through a Wired M-Bus network, each meter must be equipped with an M-Bus module and connected to an M-Bus Master unit.
The M-Bus Master is easy to install, and since it is resistant to dust, water and humidity, it can be installed almost anywhere. A single M-Bus Master can read up to 250 meters and supports up to 2,800 m of cable. An M-Bus network can be expanded to cover 1250 meters, with a maximum cable length of 14 km. Therefore, the size of the network is flexible and the network can easily be adjusted to suit your requirements.
The handling of your meters and meter data takes place in READy Manager. You get easy access to your data as well as a broad range of tools that give you an overview of and help you utilize your meter data. Consumption data can be exported to your billing system or an email address as needed, either manually or via automated commands.
READy Manager has a simple user interface with a start screen and icon-based navigation that makes the program intuitive and easy to use. You can group your meters in READy Manager to get an overview of the consumption and other parameters in different parts of your distribution network. You can create groups based on geography or create groups of customers where you wish to follow the consumption closely.
The value of your smart meter data goes far beyond accurate billing. The challenge so far has been to utilise its full potential, but with the right tools, you can do just that and transform your meter data into actionable insights.
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