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OMS-based Smart Meter Gateways nearing BSI approval

Cologne, 06.08.2018 – German energy providers are set to launch the nationwide rollout of intelligent measurement systems once the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has completed device certification.


Digitalization of measuring systems in the energy sector is now underway. The Smart Meters Operation Act (MsbG), which entered into force in September 2016, prescribed the use of intelligent metering systems consisting of smart meters and smart meter gateways (SMGW). The Act stipulated that by 2017, all households consuming more than 10,000 kilowatt hours must be fitted with intelligent metering systems, and by 2020, households consuming more than 6,000 kWh are then required to be fitted. Even though a total period of eight years has been granted for implementation, many energy suppliers are aiming for prompt implementation. A large German energy supplier has already ordered 16,000 OMS-based SMGWs, which were approved by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB, the German national test authority) in April 2018. EnBW and Netze BW completed their ALC (Assurance Class Life Cycle) test with gateways from OMS-Group member Landis+Gyr in February of this year.


All manufacturing devices can be addressed with OMS


The open communication standard of the OMS-Group for Smart Metering enables full device compatibility from varying manufacturers and supply areas(electricity, gas, thermal energy, water, sub metering).


Three smart meter gateways are required


The gateways of OMS-Group members, Discovergy GmbH and Landis+Gyr GmbH have been registered for certification at the BSI. Once a minimum of three SMGWs have been approved by the latter, the “market declaration” then permits SMGW's nationwide rollout. The strict requirements are due to the high demands on data protection and data security with regard to encrypted communication. The latter is intended to prevent hackers from manipulating the smart meters or spying on the habits of the users concerned. By switching to intelligent measuring systems, end-users can look forward to greater transparency and the resulting savings in consumption.



Smart meters form an intelligent measurement system with the SMGWs (c) destinacigdem