We are happy to welcome four new members to the OMS-Group. Also three new OMS certified interoperable metering devices have been added to our product listing – great news given the current situation, which is still affected by Corona. To protect the health of our members, the OMS General Meeting on December 1, 2020 will take place as a web meeting. We are, however, looking forward to welcoming all of our members, at least digitally, and hope to see all of you again at a face-to-face event in 2021.
Enjoy reading this latest newsletter edition and send us your comments and suggestions.
Stay safe and healthy!
Charles van Dyck
Head of the OMS Working Group Marketing
Webinar from Enlit Europe with Charles van Dyck
Charles van Dyck, Head of Marketing of OMS-Group, has participated in the webinar/panel discussion "Interoperability: The cooperative approach – Smart Metering Standardization in Practice." This took place during the Enlit Europe Data Hub Series on August 31, 2020.
Featuring representatives from the DLMS User Association, the IDIS Association, the OMS-Group Association and Flemish DSO Fluvius, this episode really got to the bottom of the multi-utility interoperability question and outlined what has proved to be a successful approach to interoperability in the mass deployment project of Fluvius in Belgium.
The one and a half hour joint presentation of IDIS, DLMS, OMS-Group and Fluvius including panel discussion was attended by over 150 participants.
© Photos: Enlit Europe
Welcome to Four New Members in the OMS-Group:
Arad Technologies, Axioma Metering, Elvaco and Wasser-Geräte
Arad Measuring Technologies develops and manufactures sophisticated wireless automatic meter reading systems. The company is an acknowledged market leader in the global market of automatic meter reading (AMR) and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technologies, offering Arad’s customers full control over efficient water management.
Why did Arad Technologies LTD. become an OMS-Group member?
Because Arad Technologies is going to design and sell the radio modules support the OMS protocol.
UAB "Axioma Metering" is a Lithuania-based company which develops and manufactures ultrasonic heat and water metering devices and system components. The company's current portfolio includes both conventional and smart ultrasonic water, heat and cooling meters, data loggers and associated equipment. The products fully comply with the Smart City concept as data transmission is via NB-IoT, LoRaWAN, and Wireless M-Bus networks. The flagship offering is the "Qalcosonic" W1 smart meter which has been designed for accurate metering of cold and hot water consumption in households and small commercial premises, and has a battery life time of up to 16 years. UAB "Axioma Metering" provides its solutions through a network of local distributors, and sells products to more than 40 countries.
Why did UAB "Axioma Metering" become an OMS-Group member?
UAB "Axioma Metering" aims to supply the market with the most innovative products, which have been developed, taking into the most important standards and technologies account. Being a member of the OMS organization enables a company to use accurate technical information in its operations and seamlessly integrate its products into customer systems, thereby giving the business more opportunities.
Elvaco provides open end-to-end solutions for utility metering, aiming to support their customers in developing their sustainable business. They are specialized in energy connectivity and infrastructure, from meters and sensors to cloud-based systems and services. Their products and services are used for energy-efficiency, billing and statistics by thousands of companies around the world within district heating, water, real-estate, electricity and gas industries
Why did Elvaco AB become an OMS-Group member?
Elvaco has a very clear product strategy built on open standards. They believe that interoperability and solutions that can be easily tailored to meet their customer's needs are key to success. Over the years, they have received a lot of appreciation for our innovative solutions around metering gateways, such as the CMe3100, CMe2100 and built-in meter connectivity modules (MCMs). Operating in a multivendor space, OMS compliance has been the foundation of simplifying life for their customers and to launch successful projects. With the entrance of new IoT technologies, the standardization issue has become more crucial than ever. New technologies have a broader scope and interoperability is no longer confined to utility metering. As a technology agnostic supplier, they aim to find the best fit for their solutions and are also offering products for LoRaWAN and NB-IoT. By becoming an OMS-Group member, Elvaco hopes to take a more active role in a maintaining an interoperable eco-system.
Wasser-Geräte GmbH in Spaichingen, Germany, is an international producer of water meters. They have been developing and manufacturing water meters of an exceptionally high standard since 1947. Using advanced technology in all fields, teams of experts with unique know-how as well as highest precision has made them one of the market leaders. Wasser-Geräte headquartered in Spaichingen with its production plant and MID testing facility in China employing about 200 people is now one of the leading companies in the field of development and manufacturing of water meters and accessories. Wasser-Geräte GmbH is one of the few German producers of water meters operating as an independent family business on the market.
Why did Wasser-Geräte GmbH become an OMS-Group member?
As an international company, Wasser-Geräte GmbH operates according to strict guidelines, including the pursuit of economic success as well as the preservation of the environment, supporting innovations and a strong customer focus. The prerequisite for OMS capability on the product has increased significantly in importance in recent years. By becoming an OMS-Group member they will be informed about the latest developments through the OMS-Group and be in a position to pass it on to their customers.
Product Listing Grows: Three New Certified OMS Devices
We are happy to announce the addition of three newly certified OMS devices with OMS Generation 4 to our list: Maddalena’s “Arrow EVO separate” Wireless M-Bus radio module, QUNDIS' "Q module 5.5 water Allmess", a module for water meter and Sensus' "PolluCom F", a compact heating/cooling meter. OMS certification ensures compatibility with the OMS specification and paves the way to a wider market for manufacturers of interoperable smart meters. In total, there are currently 32 devices listed on the OMS website.
OMS-Group Calls for Marketing Experts
The OMS Working Group Marketing is looking for new members who fit the following criteria:
- Marketing specialist with focus on European and international markets
- Experience in the Metering/Submetering industry in European/international markets
- It would be a bonus if you already have experience/contacts with European/International associations and authorities in building, real estate, metering or communication industry
The following topics await you:
- Organization and support conferences/exhibitions
- Content support for social media (esp. LinkedIn)
- White Papers
- Articles for industry/trade magazines/journals
- Content support for OMS website and the OMS Newsletter “news4all”
Participation in the Working Group Marketing requires OMS membership.
Interested? Please contact Charles van Dyck, marketing(at)oms-group.org.
News from the OMS Executive Board
It remains exceedly likely the Corona virus' grip on our societies and economies will continue in the months to come. Personal meetings have become a precious type of interaction. After we had the chance to hold the Executive Board's meeting in July in the premises of Offenburg University, our October meeting had to be held remotely, again.
Our summer topics included further development of the OMS Conformance Test Tool, the future OMS licensing scheme, and our activities regarding the development of the German Smart Meter Gateway. Our autumn meeting dealt with the targeted liaison of the OMS-Group with CEN/TC 294, our linking with the internet of things (IoT), and of course our upcoming General Meeting in which a full report on this year's activities will be given to our members.
Nearly every business branch reports its digital developments regarding products or customer relationship. Looking at the energy/utility sector it has to be said that remote reading of meters is the starting point for establishing a reliable chain-of-information for energy or water consumption. With OMS certified meters, utilities invest into a future-proof system of meter communication; applicable to all media, manufacturer independent, and based on European Standards.
It is for this reason that interest in the OMS-Group remains high and we continue to grow – as you have read in this edition of news4all. With the pending revision of the German "Ordinance on the consumption-based billing of heating and hot water costs" remote reading of submetering devices will be mandatory at short notice as a result of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). It is our strong belief that the statutory requirements regarding interoperability, data privacy and security will be easily met by certified OMS devices.
It is with confidence that we are looking forward to actively participating in the decisions to come.
Meet the OMS experts! Here are some of the dates you should put in your calendar:
- OMS General Meeting, Web meeting, December 1, 2020
- E-world, Essen, February 9–11, 2021
- metering days, Fulda, September 28–29, 2021
- Enlit Europe, Milan, November 30–December 2, 2021