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Radiocrafts and Sierra Wireless introduce Open Metering System compliant gateway for Smart Meters
Oct 01, 2009 (08:10 AM EDT)


Radiocrafts and Sierra Wireless will demonstrate a new compact gateway, based on the Open Metering System (OMS) specification for automated meter reading, at Metering Europe in Barcelona

OSLO, Norway and ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Radiocrafts AS and Sierra Wireless today announced the launch of a GSM/GPRS/EDGE gateway for smart metering which embeds a Wireless M-Bus radio, compliant with OMS, in a very compact form factor.

The new compact gateway is based on Sierra Wireless' Fastrack Supreme, a programmable application hosting platform with cellular modem capabilities and an open-standard interface for adding 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 modem.

A Radio Test Gateway firmware is available free of charge for developers to rapidly tailor the gateway with Multi Utility Controller (MUC) features like data concentration, encryption key-distribution and installation support. Source code for the demonstration software is available from Radiocrafts and their partner Asvito.

The OMS is Europe's only system definition with a uniform approach for all media (electricity, gas, heat and water, including sub-metering). Wireless M-Bus is used for the data transfer between the meters and the data concentrator/MUC. The communication from the MUC to the back-end system is based on IP standards.

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/C++ and Lua. It supports Sierra Wireless' Intelligent Device Services which enable the remote monitoring and upgrade of meters in the field.

Hallvard Moholdt, Technical Solutions Manager at Radiocrafts, commented: "We are happy to work with the dedicated team from Sierra Wireless on a solution which secures both companies' customers the first OMS enabled gateways. OMS represents an important step towards the harmonisation of future smart metering solutions, to the benefit of utilities and consumers alike."

Pierre Piver, Vice President Embedded and OEM Sales at Sierra Wireless, added: "We are delighted to see how innovative companies like Radiocrafts are taking advantage of the creative opportunities offered by the Fastrack Supreme. We are proud to be able to offer the smart metering community the very first OMS compliant gateway on the market."

To find out more, visit us at Metering Europe in Barcelona, Spain, from October 6th to 8th (Radiocrafts at stand no 201, Sierra Wireless at stand no 639) to experience a working demo of the OMS gateway solution.

About Radiocrafts AS ( www.radiocrafts.com )

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.

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless www.sierrawireless.com www.wavecom.com products connect people and machines to wireless networks around the world. We offer an advanced, comprehensive product line, addressing consumer, enterprise, original equipment manufacturer, and specialized vertical industry markets. We also offer a wide range of professional and operated services. Our solutions are used for mobile computing, transportation, industrial M2M (machine-to-machine), enterprise, residential and consumer communications applications. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit or .

About Asvito Communication ( www.asvito.no )

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.

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SOURCE Sierra Wireless, Inc.

CONTACT: Mette Hautemaniere, Sierra Wireless, Paris, France, Phone: +33 1 mhautemaniere@sierrawireless.com46 29 94 17, Email: ; Emma Carlson,Radiocrafts, Oslo, Norway, Phone: +47 464 22 934, Email: