Wireless Meter-Bus is the European standard (Meter-Bus) EN13757, designed for electricity, gas and water meter communication. The communication can be bi-directional so is ideal for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).
Many European and other regions have chosen Wireless M-Bus for their Smart Meter programs.
It is also suitable for other devices needing communication such as alarm systems, lighting and heating control and IoT.
It uses the ISM band of the spectrum which is licence-free.
LoRa® is a LOng RAnge modulation technology using spread spectrum technique. Its key benefit is to extend the radio range up to 15 km.
It uses low power, so is suitable for battery operated devices.
Using LoRa® in addition to Wireless Meter-Bus can enable communication to hard-to-reach meters and devices.
Find out more on our Technology page
- Can AMIHO modules transmit and receive in modes C1 and T1?
Yes, meters in C1 and T1 can transmit and concentrators (other devices) can receive.
- Do AMIHO modules have GPIOS? Can they be configured for interfaces such as: I2c and SPI?
Yes, there are GPIOS on modules and they are configurable for I2c and SPI interfaces
- Can AMIHO modules be used on meter and concentrator side?
Yes, they can transmit and receive from either
- Can AMIHO modules establish bidirectional communication using mode C2?
Yes our products are designed for 2-way communication
- Can AMIHO modules be used for meter and concentrator to communicate in mode C2?
- Can AMIHO modules establish a bidirectional communication without additional hardware or controller?
- How many meters can be addressed at the same time in a network?
We have a simple way of forming groups of meters. All devices are able to listen on the network.
- Can the RF hardware also be used at other frequencies like 434 MHz?
Modules are tuned to a specific frequency band. We also offer the versatile AM093 POC module that operates at both 868 MHz and 169 MHz and has LoRa® range extension. This is ideal for testing your application/smart meter needs regarding range as you can add in 169 and the LoRa® option if the range needs extending.
- We need access to the register settings as we want to adapt the module to our needs – would we have access to register settings for RF and controller?
Yes. The MCU is accessible on all our modules for your own application code. The memory space varies from module to module depending on the memory available and stack size.
- Why is the AM093 module referred to as ‘proof of concept’ module?
The AM093 has dual band WMBus (868 and 169) MHz and LoRa® capability included. We believe that this provides an excellent way to test and prove your application and make a decision on which frequency and technology you will need for a large scale application.
The AM093 would be a high cost option as a production module and we have therefore developed the AM091 (169 MHz and LoRa®) and AM094 (868 MHz and LoRa®) as single band modules for volume applications.
Should there be a demand for a dual-band production module, we can provide all the relevant testing and BOM reduction.
We suggest you start with one of our evaluation kits, which has everything you need to test our products.
- What does the evaluation kit allow me to test?
We provide software as part of the evaluation kit called PC Tool, which allows you to perform and test
- a modem link
- meter simulation
- range testing
In addition the AE093 Wireless M-Bus and LoRa® evaluation kit enables range testing using Wireless M-Bus at 868 MHz and 169 MHz and LoRa® (up to 15 km range), so you can decide which technology you need for your application in future with one kit.
- How do I get started with the evaluation kits?
The kits come with a complete quick start guide.
In addition we have some helpful tutorial videos on our You Tube Channel
- What do I do if I’m still having trouble?