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Eandis concept eMUCS
Four Belgian DSO’s (Eandis, Infrax, Sibelga and Resa) are further developing the eMUCS specification documents. Other DNB’s are welcome to join.
The goal of eMUCS, the extended Multi Utility Companion Specifications, is to reach a standardized protocol implementation and functional hardware requirements related to the communication between several meter types, communication devices and the head end system.
The actual status of standardization of Smart Meters results in a high level description used as foundation of technical requirements. The detailed technical specifications itself need to be described in companion specifications.
To obtain interoperability between meters in a smart meter communication network, it is necessary that all communication between the smart network components is done in a very consistent way. Detailed description of the interfaces must avoid incompatibility between the components in the E2E communication chain. This becomes extremely important for a Multi Utility since several meter types need to be supported.
Therefore, eMUCS takes especially into account following functionalities:
- The versatility towards different smart meter types (electricity-, puls-, gas-, heat-, water-…)
- Firmware upgrade requirements
- Security by design
- A robust and flexible communication concept
Main drivers of eMUCS are: future proofness; re-use standards where possible; based on business use cases and functional requirements to get exactly what is needed.
The extended Multi Utility Companion Specifications (eMUCS) is a set of detailed interface descriptions.
It is an extension of already defined Companion Standards:
- For electricity meters according to DLMS, it is to a large extend based upon the most recent version of IDIS (Interoperable Device Interface Specification)
- For gas-, heat,- pulse-, electricity-,… meters according to (wireless)MBus, It is to a large extend based upon the most recent version of OMS (Open Metering System) Specification Generation 4.
- The option chosen if IDIS/OMS allows for different implementation possibilities
- The specifications for extra functionalities, not defined (yet) in IDIS or OMS
- Where needed, extra specifications, not in conflict with IDIS or OMS, due to specific Belgian requirements (e.g. legal obligations, security restrictions,…)
eMUCS has to be considered as an open platform, with building blocks for several interfaces.
Following interfaces are relevant at this moment:
- eMUCS H = the interface specification towards the HAN device or HAN application (e.g. in home displays)
- eMUCS MDLMS = the interface specification between HES or Communication module and E-meter, based on DLMS protocol
- eMUCS MMBus = the interface specification between meters based on MBus protocol and E-meter or Communication module
Schematically, eMUCS can be used in following high level architectural view:
Additional technical highlights:
- Security by design:
- All meters have at least symmetrical encryption; keys are exchanged on a regular base
- Exchange of keys and/or certificates is defined
- Future proof:
- It must be possible to do a remote firmware upgrade of all not metrological FW of all components
- Flexibility of architecture by using building blocks for several interfaces
These specifications and used concepts are certainly very useful for any DSO or supplier looking for in depth specifications.
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