Smart Grid

At Bitron, we are proud to figure among the major European contract electronic manufacturer of energy smart meters. Our contribution is represented by over 18 million deployed energy meters to the energy smart meter roll-out, in Italy and other countries for third party smart meter solution provider. Our commitment to support the design and production of smart energy meters has been an important milestone now for years in the digitalization of the energy network.

smart metering

Our competencies

Bitron is at the forefront of smart meter technology providing design support and best-in-class manufacturing processes, with the successful development of a complete range of smart energy meters and AMI-devices for major smart meters solution provider. 

Advanced cyber security and anti-tampering
Flexible connectivity expertise

Wide range of various communication alternatives e.g. PLC, radio frequency, wM-Bus, TCP/IP, Bluetooth, Wifi, 3G/4G, NB-IoT, etc 

Firmware development

Advanced SW-functions such as various energy and power parameter measurements, network quality monitoring, billing, remote FW update, self-diagnostics, encryption and authentication

Full remote meter management
Best-in-class manufacturing competencies

For highly automated high volume production and testing of complete smart meter assemblies and single PCBA (optional incl. plastic injection molding and back-end operations)

Smart metering process certification according to MID
Smart energy meter custom-size

Description

We can provide single-phase and poly-phase energy smart meters, according to requirements and projects by our customers.  

Main competences: 

  • Single and polyphase models, direct current measurement and semi-direct current measurement
  • Measurement precision for active energy and power
  • Remote supply disconnection and manual rearm by integrated circuit breaker
  • Connectivity by PLC multi-band with back-up channel WMBus RF, as well as interface with Bluetooth/Optical Port for test and field configuration
  • Output channel with communication vs. customer for near real time data availability eg. for visualization at end user/smart home
  • Sophisticated network functions with Customer QoS (Quality of Service) monitoring, last gasp, Grid sensor, Remote FW-update, tariff and power threshold programming
  • State-of-the-art security concept with advanced anti-tampering package (mech, sensors, magnetic, enclosure), fraud detection and cyber security features (encryption, authentication)
Smart energy meter DIN-size

Description

We can provide single-phase and poly-phase energy smart meters, according to requirements and projects by our customers.  

Main competences: 

  • DIN-Standard terminal block for markets outside of Italy
  • Remote supply disconnection with automatic re-arm
Data concentrators

Description

We can manufacture, based on customer's requirements, data concentrators (DCU) for the smart grid. DCU devices retrieve and store meter data, periodically sending them to the Management System. 

Main competences: 

  • Storage of retrieved meter data, aggregation of data from the meters and subsequent transfer to the Control Centre
  • Communication link to meters via PLC for collection of energy consumption data and remote commands
  • Communication to Head End System/Substations via 2G/3G/ADSL IP over Public Communication Network
  • Various functions for Network monitoring, FW-upgrade, synchronization, access control
Accessories-distribution

Description

We can provide accessories for monitoring and analysis of low-voltage smart grid devices of the electricity distribution, on the basis of our customer's design.  

 Main competences: 

  • Various Connectivity options, such as Bluetooth, optical port, Micro-USD for recharge/configuration, WMBus
  • Lithium battery powered or 230VAC power supply
  • Software application related to functions
Smart home devices

Description

Smart Customer Device (SCD) Chain 2 for real-time access to 2nd generation smart meter data for future services in smart home and energy management.

Key features: 

  • Gateway between smart meter PLC Chain2
  • Pluggable to standard power socket 230VAC (self powered) or alternatively on DIN-rail (power supply 12VDC)
  • Connectivity: WIFI-module and PLC modem
  • Compact case with simple design featuring 2 status LED and multi-function push button
  • Dedicated SW app. (smartphone/PC) for visualization data (compact frames Chain 2 Full specified in smart meter)

Connectivity:

  • Plug-version: WIFI-module, PLC modem, Bluetooth; optional NB-IoT
  • DIN-version: WIFI-module, PLC modem, RS485/ModBus, Bluetooth; optional NB-IoT
  • Compact case with simple design featuring 2 status LED and multi-function push button; buzzer (Plug-version only) for acoustic info
  • Dedicated SW app. (smartphone/PC) for visualization of meter data (compact frames Chain 2 Full specified in smart meter)
LV smart grid digitalization and sensors

Description

Low voltage smart grid devices and sensors for the street boxes distribution network:

  • Power supply SSB
  • Remote Terminal Unit (RTU)
  • Smart Current Sensor (SCS) for secondary substation

Key features: 

  • Power supply unit with integrated back-up battery for output power supply 220VAC, 24VDC and 5VDC for RTU, sensor unit and other motorized switching relais
  • SCS for acquisition of current (4x) and voltage (3x) on 3-phase low voltage distribution and internal calculation of various power line characteristics incl. internal memory, display and ModBus-I/F versus RTU
  • RTU for remote monitoring and telecontrol of low voltage (AC) distribution
  • Remote communication by wire and internal modem 3G/4G LTE
  • Internal non-volatile memory for data saving
  • High power switch controller through ModBus command or current coil injection;
  • Internal sensor for signaling infraction tentative and alarms detection
  • IEC 62443-4-2 SL3 conformity (cyber security) and Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
  • Programmable 2+2 spare inputs/outputs

 

 

Sustainability

We consider ourselves pioneers in applying principles of sustainability and attention to environmental topics in every internal process and procurement policy. Due to an increasing attention and specific requirements from our main customers we are sure that sustainability is a crucial theme for the smart metering sector.

Sustainability

Certificazioni EPD

Sulla base di un'accurata LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) dei processi industriali e dell'intera durata del prodotto della nostra produzione di contatori intelligenti, Bitron ha ottenuto la certificazione EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) che certifica l'impatto ecologico dei nostri contatori intelligenti per quanto riguarda il relativo GWP (Global Warming Potential).

circular economy

Economia Circolare

Sulla base della nostra politica aziendale, a sostegno dell'economia circolare, produciamo specifici contatori con materiale plastico riciclato proveniente da contatori rottamati o a fine vita per ridurre il consumo di nuove risorse di carbonio. Inoltre, tutti i prodotti sono eco-progettati al fine di ridurre al minimo l'impatto ambientale durante il loro ciclo di vita.