The Open Meter extends the benefits of traditional advanced metering infrastructures (AMI) by introducing a communication link inside the home, enabling enhanced services such as smart-home energy management, dynamic tariff optimization, and more complete usage information for customers.
ST is supporting E-Distribuzione’s Open Meter program with the latest evolution of its PLC System-on-Chip (SoC) programmable platforms, as well as energy-conscious 32-bit application microcontrollers, high-efficiency power-supply ICs, and discrete semiconductors for power control and switching. The integration of these devices simplify connecting smart objects in the home with the Smart Grid and the Cloud.
“ST has been supporting Enel’s pioneering deployment of smart meters since 2001 with successful programs in Italy, Spain, Eastern Europe, and Latin America,” said Domenico Arrigo, GM, Industrial and Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics. “ST is now supplying the latest and most advanced PLC and smart-meter technologies to Enel for this new step forward.”