RFI was asked to find an antenna solution suitable for mobile data applications that was easy to install and suitable for residential homes.
The Victorian electricity infrastructure Smart Metering upgrade included the installation of RFI’s CSM900 antenna. The antenna allows meter information to be sent between the meter and the Power distribution centres using radio frequency (in this case 824MHz) from the smart meter through a series of access points and relays, and then on to the public telecommunications network to the distributor.
This ground independent antenna was chosen because it can be mounted in a variety of locations. The antenna offers a low visual impact, important in residential applications. The CSM900 features a polycarbonate radome ideal of outdoor applications.
The new meters measure the status of the system will communicate from any point on the network, allowing the electricity provider to be aware of changing conditions, identify problems before they turn into faults, and respond as efficiently as possible. With growing energy demand and rising electricity prices, there is a need to give consumers greater control over their energy consumption. New Smart Meter technology will provide real-time information to customers, through devices such as in-home displays and web portals, and half-hourly data to electricity suppliers.