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DSO standards for digital meters
Distribution System Operators (DSO’s) need very performing smart metering solutions, in which data is transferred between smart meters and the DSO’s central database through a communication network.
The existing variety of meters and their internal protocol implementation, local regulatory and technological requirements, the differences in the energy market players causes a barrier for worldwide interoperability between different meter vendors.
Beside this variety, every DSO is used to install grid components with a lifetime typically beyond 15 years. The smart meter technology is still evolving rapidly; this makes it extremely difficult to have a future proof solution. Investments in smart meter technology and the corresponding communication network must keep their value during the lifetime it is intended for.
As a support for the increasing need of all these requirements, Eandis decided to share the technical specifications in eMUCS: the extended Multi-Utility Companion Specifications. These technical specifications, are being further developed together with three other Belgian DSO’s (Infrax, Sibelga and Resa). Updates will be published on a regular basis.
These specifications and used concepts are certainly very useful for any DSO or supplier looking for in depth specifications.