Communications Infrastructure

A vital part of active utility management is a well-functioning communications architecture. If there is a problem in the field, you will want to know about it. Regardless if communications is down – or maybe for that very reason.

A unique Amplex communication protocol ensures reliable and efficient delivery of data, configurations and commands between the server and the AmsCPU in the field, using wired or wireless carriers.

To keep communication expenses at a minimum, the collected data is divided into communication classes that rate the importance of the information:

Reliability
With a unique middleware gateway, reliability is safeguarded in order to ensure that the AmsCPU is always available and ready to send and receive data. The modules have dynamic IP addresses, but through a sophisticated address allocation scheme, a fixed reference is assigned to each AmsCPU. With these features, Amplex ensures an extremely reliable communications infrastructure.

Auto-discovery functionality
When new components are installed, they are automatically discovered and will establish communication with the rest of the system. A host of new functionalities will then be ready for configuration in the server.

Interfacing
Interface AMS modules ensure that the system can collect data from devices with a variety of interfaces. This includes several variations of DLMS, Euridis, Mbus, Severn Trent and ModBus. The Amplex solutions are easily extended to collect data from other data types, including those with proprietary interfaces.

Notification
Once the data is collected, it is crucial that the system is able to generate relevant and useful information of the system status. With a trigger and alarm management system, pre-configured conditions can be detected and reported to the central server. This lets the operator take immediate action in case of a critical event.

The illustration shows the process from data collection through local and wide area communication until the data reaches its final destination at the central server.

 

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