news4all | 2016 September 22, 2016

Dear readers,

We are looking forward to our general meeting in Bonn on November 23, 2016. Besides the business side of the event, we will have plenty of time to exchange new ideas, share best practices, discuss challenges, and celebrate our accomplishments. All OMS-Group members will receive an email with further details. For now, here is an (incomplete) overview of some of the activities within the OMS-Group. We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Best regards,
Charles van Dyck
Head of the OMS working group Marketing
Email: charles.van.dyck@planet.nl
New members

We are very pleased to welcome two new members to our organisation: Brunata International and Sagemcom Energy & Telecom.

Brunata is a family-owned international cleantech company with headquarters in Herlev, Denmark. Brunata International has almost 100 years of experience in providing consumption metering and billing systems for homes and buildings. The company’s solutions are sold in 17 countries around the world.

Sagemcom is a French high-tech group based in Rueil-Malmaison with more than sixty branches and offices worldwide. The company is active in three major markets: broadband, smart city and internet of things (IoT). Sagemcom employs 4000 people in more than 40 countries; 30% of the employees are shareholders.

OMS certified products

Diehl Metering GmbH was the first company to obtain a certificate of conformity to the OMS specification. Three Diehl Metering products are certified: the thermal energy meter SHARKY 775, the radio module IZAR RC I, and the ultrasonic water meter HYDRUS 171.

Now the certification body DVGW Cert awarded a certificate of OMS conformity to two more products:

iPERL, by Sensus GmbH: iPERL is a next-generation, high-performance, solid-state smart water meter with integrated bi-directional communications capability.

Q caloric 5.5, by QUNDIS GmbH: Q caloric 5.5 is an electronic heat cost allocator with cutting-edge technology that enables a large wireless transmission range and flexible readout times.

News from the OMS working groups

WG 1 "Primary Communications" has been working on the revision of OMS-Spec. Volume 2. Based on feedback from users of the Open Metering System, several improvements have been added. The final publication is expected after the OMS general meeting towards the end of this year. The next task of the WG 1 is to address the secure generation and transmission of specific service commands for bidirectional meter devices. This feature has been requested by users in various European countries and should be available soon.

WG 3 "Testing Norm" has successfully completed the OMS Compliance Test (OMS CT) test tool for Generation 3 of the OMS specification. This tool supports quality assurance, enables a smooth certification process, and increases the investment security of OMS users. In parallel, the test specifications for OMS Generation 4 including the German BSI requirements according to security profile B have been defined, and the Extended Link Layer (ELL) as well as the Authentication and Fragmentation Layer (AFL) have been integrated. WG 3 is currently working on the certification of bi-directional meters. The results will be published as new versions of the OMS CT documents.

WG 4 "Wired M-Bus" was founded in 2012 with the aim to identify problem areas and eliminate them by enhancing the standard. 100 topics were identified, discussed and decided on. The result of this process is the "OMS Technical Report TR-02", which was published on October 26, 2015. The next milestone for the working group will be the integration of TR-02 into the OMS Vol. 2 and the transfer of appropriate content to the European Standardization (EN 13757).
Spread the word

OMS-Group members who exhibit in-house and at tradeshows will like the new OMS sign. OMS-Group is having a series of durable, sophisticated acrylic signs manufactured on the occasion of the European Utility Week 2016, which takes place November 15-17, 2016, in Barcelona, Spain. Members can order an acrylic sign (dimensions: 21 x 15 x 3 centimeters) for EUR 160 plus VAT and shipping charges from the OMS office by phone (+49 231 395 798 02) or email to office@oms-group.eu.
Release of the new OMS corporate brochure

The new corporate brochure for OMS-Group – twelve pages in English, twelve pages in German – will soon be released. Members can pick up copies of the brochure at the 7th General Meeting of the OMS-Group in November. Members who cannot attend the general meeting can have 10 issues of the brochure sent to them by mail.

OMS in the media

Most of the new articles on OMS-Group were published in German trade magazines, so that’s why you might not have noticed them on the OMS-Group website. If you switch to the German version of the website, you will find:
  • a PDF of Axel Sikora’s article on OMS-Group's contribution to the security architecture of smart metering systems, in the German magazine "50,2"
  • a PDF of an interview with Werner Domschke on the OMS specification, which was published in the Hungarian magazine "Energiafigyelő"
  • a PDF of Frank Dietzsch's article on the OMS conformance test for unidirectional meters, which was published in the German magazine "energie | wasser-praxis"
  • a link to Werner Domschke's article on the Open Metering System for the Encyclopedia "Information Technology from A to Z," published by Weka Media
  • a PDF of Andreas Bolder’s article on the Open Metering System, in "BWK Das Energie-Fachmagazin"
  • an interview with Dr. Werner Domschke that was published in "ew – Magazin für die Energiewirtschaft".

General Meeting: November 23, 2016, in Bonn

Please mark this date in your calendar: The 7th General Meeting of the OMS-Group will take place on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, in Bonn, Germany. All OMS-Group members will receive an email with further details and information on the registration. One of the many topics we will discuss will be "OMS between IOT and regulated markets".

Stackforce GmbH is offering a two-day OMS and wireless M-Bus training, on Wednesday, November 30, and Thursday, December 1, 2016, on the Stackforce premises in Heitersheim in Southern Germany, near the borders to France and Switzerland. The target group of this course is product managers, project managers and developers.

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