news4all 3 | 2022 November 16, 2022

Dear Readers,

The Enlit Europe in Frankfurt am Main will feature a new OMS-Group booth design with a fully booked OMS Product Wall – 32 windows will show interoperable OMS products. We are looking forward to welcoming you at the booth for a technical exchange. You can find out more about our presence at Enlit Europe in this OMS Newsletter. Furthermore, we welcome two new OMS-Group members and six new OMS-certified devices.

Enjoy reading the latest newsletter.

Please feel free to contact us if you need more information. We look forward to meeting you at the Enlit Europe!

Best regards,
Jörg Fischer
Head of the OMS Working Group Marketing
25 OMS Members Present Products at Enlit Europe’s OMS Booth

The offer of interoperable metering devices has increased rapidly this year. 25 OMS-Group members will present a total of 32 of their interoperable product solutions at Enlit Europe 2022 from November 29th to December 1st in Frankfurt am Main. OMS Board Member Jens Hørdum will give a presentation on the latest developments in the Open Metering System (OMS).

New developments will once again be presented in the “OMS Product Wall” at the OMS-Group booth in 2022. The following OMS members can be found at booth G60 in hall 12.1: Apator, Axioma Metering, B Meters, Diehl Metering, EAD/ARASYS, Ei Electronics, Elvaco, Engelmann Sensor, E. Wehrle, Pietro Fiorentini, Flonidan, G2 misuratori, Ing. Büro Lertes, Integra Metering, Kamstrup, Landis + Gyr, Lansen, Maddalena, PiiGAB, Qundis, Relay, Sensus, Sinapsi, Solvimus and Weptech. These OMS experts will also be available for technical exchanges on topics such as product certification, product listing and the Conformance Test Tool.

As part of the Hub Session “Latest Developments in Technical Solutions by Associations”, OMS-Group Board Member, Jens Hørdum (Kamstrup), will provide information on the latest developments in the Open Metering System on November 29th from 14:50 h at "Digitalisation Hub 5" in hall 12.1. He will also be present at the Panel Discussion, which will take place after the day's presentations are completed.
OMS Image Video Released in Two Versions

The new OMS Image Video visualises the advantages of the Open Metering System (OMS) – the worldwide interoperable and open communication standard for multi-utility metering. In cooperation with OMS-Groups’ AG5 Marketing, two versions of the OMS Image Video with different lengths have been developed for promotional purpose.
A Warm Welcome to Our Two New Members: PHYSEC and Hunan Winmeter Energy Technology

PHYSEC GmbH, an IT security company founded in 2016 by leading international experts, which passionately takes care of the digitalisation of sensitive and critical infrastructures. PHYSEC is one of Germany's most successful startups and one of the most innovative cyber security solution providers for applications on the Internet of Things (IoT). PHYSEC's mission is to protect the IoT ecosystem. In this way, PHYSEC primarily protects the IoT/OT infrastructures of utilities from hacker attacks, e.g. devices and systems for energy and water supply. As a rapidly growing spin-off of the Ruhr University Bochum, PHYSEC has received numerous awards and cooperates with international research institutions and renowned partners worldwide.

Why did PHYSEC GmbH become an OMS-Group member?
PHYSEC GmbH joins the OMS-Group to bring LoRaWAN and 5G into the energy and water industry, considering all applicable security standards, and thus promotes sustainable digitisation. Hunan Winmeter Energy Technology Co., Ltd. was founded in 2002 with a registered capital of RMB 320 million and is a high-tech company which is specialised in R&D and manufacturing of smart water meters, gas meters, heat meters, communication equipment, and development of system application software. Hunan Winmeter Energy Technology has one of the largest smart water/gas/heat meter R&D team in China, with about 150 professional R&D engineers, and many product patents. The Quality Management follows the ISO9000 system to ensure that product quality is effectively controlled by the process. At present, the company's products have served more than 600 cities in 30 provinces in China and exported to more than 10 countries and regions.

Why did Hunan Winmeter Energy Technology Co., Ltd. become an OMS-Group member?
In the markets Hunan Winmeter Energy Technology Co., Ltd. covered, they came to realise that more and more of their customers needed OMS compliant products for interoperability. They expect to be able to provide their customers with satisfactory products more effectively. Hunan Winmeter Energy Technology become OMS-Group member for the purpose of understanding the OMS standard more efficiently, tracking technology changes, participating in the evolution of technical standards, share their technical knowledge with all members, contribute their wisdom, and make it better.
OMS TR09: Guide to Wired M-Bus Installations

The OMS Technical Report 09 "Guide to Wired M-Bus Installations" (OMS TR09) was published in June 2022 by the OMS Working Group 4 (OMS AG4). This report was created with the intention of providing design and installation guidance for the target audience "Installers and planers of Wired M-Bus system solutions". The report is the essence of the long-term system integration experience of the OMS AG4 experts and consists of chapters with basic information, for planning and installation as well as for troubleshooting. The OMS TR09 is a bilingual document with sections for both English and German languages.
OMS Product Listing Grows to 64 OMS-Certified Devices

The number of OMS-certified products passes the 60 mark. Six more OMS Generation 4 devices have been added to the product listing since June: Sensus adds the "Domo R", a wM-Bus Module with 868 MHz. This was followed by three devices from Diehl Metering: "SHARKY 774" and "SHARKY 775", both compact energy meters, and the "SCYLAR INT 8", a thermal energy calculator. The latest submissions are two devices from Zenner: the "IUW with NDC-module" and the "IUWS wM-Bus", both ultrasonic water meters. In addition, some certificates were extended for existing devices.

OMS certification ensures compatibility with the OMS Specification and opens a broad market for manufacturers of interoperable smart meters. Currently, 64 devices are listed on the OMS website.
Introduction of the Current OMS Executive Board Members: Wolfgang Esch and Jürgen Frech

Wolfgang Esch, Head of Sales and Marketing at WEPTECH electronic GmbH, Germany, was re-elected to the OMS-Group Executive Board at the General Meeting 2021. He joined the OMS-Group's Executive Board in 2011.

Wolfang Esch graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Electrical Engineering, faculty of Communications Engineering with a degree in Engineering (Dipl. Ing.). After completing his studies he went to southern Germany. In 1993 he joined the company WZ Mikroelektronik, which developed radio systems. In the mid-90s he was involved in the development of the first radio HKV for Metrona and ista. In 1998 he went back to Cologne to Amber wireless. There, the topic of smart metering was pushed further. He has been employed at WEPTECH elektronic GmbH since 2013. During this time, many OMS systems were developed and manufactured.

Wolfgang Esch has been a member of the OMS-Group since 2008 and has been the contact person for the topics of certification and licensing as a member of the Executive Board since 2011.

Jürgen Frech, in a leading position in heat, cold & water metering business at Landis + Gyr GmbH, Germany, was also re-elected to the OMS-Group Executive Board at the General Meeting 2021. He joined the OMS-Group's Executive Board in 2007 and is currently responsible for finance management and board connection to AG5 (marketing).

For many years, Jürgen Frech has been and continues to be active in several associations and working groups. These include, among others, DVGW G-PK-1-5-5 – ZdHGM, ZVEI AK electronic delivery note “ELS”, ZVEI Working Group “communication adapter”, AGFW working group “ELS” and the German Committee Gateway Standardization at Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.

After graduating as an Engineer in Telemetering Systems (El. Device Development) in Frankfurt am Main, Jürgen Frech has been with Landis&Gyr/Landis+Gyr for over 37 years in various areas of the energy industry. From 1990 to 2008, he was mainly active in the electricity solutions business (AMR, Billing Systems) in and outside Germany (EMEA). Since 2008, the commercial part of the business has been added.
News from the Executive Board

It’s been some time since the last news4all. In June we were still looking towards the 1st “Dialogue with the Board”, open for every OMS member. The participation was not overwhelming, but appropriate for the project. The questions received were about the long-term issues of the OMS-Group, like certification and licencing. My colleagues from the Board and I provided sufficient answers and we will see about the members’ feedback in next year’s event.

The 3rd Executive Board meeting 2022 took place in the 1st week of August. The Board gave clearance to the accompanying work necessary to have an administrative basis for the new technical work done by the OMS AGs and TFs.

In the 2nd week of November, the Executive Board met for its 4th meeting of this year. Traditionally as a joint meeting with our Heads of AGs and TFs, in preparation for the OMS General Meeting taking place the beginning of December. With most participants on site in Huerth near Cologne, it was a very lively discussion about this year’s work and the results achieved.

Although there is a delay in the scheduled change of an internal collaboration tool, that had no effect on the work of the AGs and TFs, which are the core of the OMS-Group. Therefore, the OMS General Meeting will determine further developments in the OMS Specification, to keep it up-to-date with technical progress.

Looking back on the 1st year of the new Executive Board’s term, I am happy to state that the two new members did a great job. Not only did they take over responsibilities from the two former Board members, but they also brought in their professional experiences and perspectives to give us new thoughts about how to look on OMS. This will help us to develop the OMS-Group and its role in metering associated communication in the future.

As you’ve read in this news4all, the OMS-Group will present itself during the Enlit 2022 in Frankfurt/M. My colleague Jens Hørdum will be there to give a first outlook about this future role of the OMS-Group in metering associated communication. Therefore, to receive 1st hand news, I invite you to attend his presentation announced in the Enlit article above.

As this extraordinary year draws towards an end, with thoughts about the fragility of peace, the uncertainty about our future environmental conditions, and the economic aspects of expensive energy, let us remember that every step towards a sustainable solution creates a difference. With this in mind, I wish you the courage and strength to work towards sustainable developments both in your personal life as well as in your work.

Andreas Bolder
Spokesperson of the Executive Board
Events 2022/2023

Meet the OMS experts! Here are some of the dates to mark in your calendar:

  • Enlit Europe, Frankfurt am Main, November 29 – December 1, 2022

  • OMS General Meeting, December 8, 2022

  • E-world energy & water, Essen, May 23–25, 2023

  • metering days, Fulda, October 17–18, 2023

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