EDMI selects Sierra Wireless AirPrime embedded wireless modules for smart residential automatic meter management

EDMI selects Sierra Wireless AirPrime™ embedded wireless modules for smart residential automatic meter management

Mk7B smart meter equipped with Sierra Wireless SL6087 EDGE module provides a plug-and-play modular pod-based system to support easy field upgrade and maintenance

Sierra Wireless today announced that EDMI has selected the Sierra Wireless AirPrime™ SL6087 embedded wireless module to provide cellular connectivity for EDMI’s new plug-and-play modular pod-based system that is integrated into the Mk7B smart single-phase electronic revenue meter.

The Mk7B is targeted to serve the global, low cost and high volume smart residential meter market. It includes an integrated modular pod-based system that allows EDMI to provide a cost-effective wireless point-to-point connection, simplifying maintenance in the field and providing remote management, upgrades, and configuration over the air.

EDMI is using the AirPrime SL6087 module, winner of the GSM Association’s award for Best 2G Module in 2010, with a ruggedized Embedded SIM. The combined solution allows a compact design with complete integration of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) functionality. It also offers an optional Zigbee RF interface to connect a remote display panel. EDMI smart meters with embedded wireless connectivity comply fully with internationally recognized standards, providing a reliable, flexible, and cost-effective solution to allow users to optimize their energy consumption.

In February 2011, Sierra Wireless and EDMI together won the GSMA Global Mobile Award for Best Mobile Innovation for Utilities at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The award recognized EDMI’s EWM100 modem for smart metering applications, which uses Sierra Wireless AirPrime™ embedded modules to provide robust cellular communications.

EDMI promises to deliver utilities and consumers better control over electricity generation, distribution, and energy conservation. We need a strong partner in smart metering communications to achieve these goals,” said Graeme Lees, COO, EDMI. “Sierra Wireless has proven reliability with a track record of delivering industrial-grade communication solutions, and we are happy to recognize Sierra Wireless as a long term collaborator in our smart metering project.

EDMI continues to offer innovative solutions for smart metering, playing an important role in helping customers around the world to use energy more efficiently,” said Jin Pak, Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales for Sierra Wireless. “We believe that reliable, robust wireless solutions for smart meters can help meet this goal by providing more efficient management and longevity in the field, and we are very pleased that EDMI has once again selected Sierra Wireless AirPrime modules for its smart metering product line.

EDMI is featuring metering solutions in the EDMI booth no. 10 at Metering Billing/CRM Asia, which runs May 11 and 12 at the Westin Resort in Nusa Dua, Bali.

For more information about AirPrime embedded wireless modules, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/airprime. For more information about Sierra Wireless solutions for energy equipment manufacturers and utilities, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/energy.

About EDMI

EDMI is a market leader in the provision of smart energy meters and advanced metering solutions with its headquarters and manufacturing based primarily in Singapore. Its research and development facilities are strategically situated in Brisbane, Singapore and Shanghai to provide continuous product development and support to its growing global customer bases in Europe, the ASEAN region, Middle East, South Africa and the rest of Asia. EDMI has established marketing offices and regional hubs in Singapore, Australia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, France and the UK. These centers serve as regional customer service and technical support hubs responsible for supporting specific local market requirements for our metering products. For more information visit, www.edmi-meters.com

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless offers industry-leading mobile computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers, enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can successfully bring wireless applications to market.  For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

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