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Hamburg, 23th January 2019

At the E-world 2019 in Essen, Sagemcom Dr. Neuhaus introduces the basic meter SiconiaTM ‘SMARTY BZ-PLUS’. The digital three-phase meter is suitable for use in smart metering systems. It offers, in addition to the functionalities of an FNN basic meter, further user-friendly features.

One of the trade fair highlights of the E-world is the premiere of the digital electricity meter SiconiaTM ‘SMARTY BZ-PLUS’. From the 5th to the 7th of February the new product from Sagemcom Dr. Neuhaus will be shown in hall 3 at booth 3-444.

"The basic meter was very stringently aligned to customer requirements. A large number of user-centered features can be used to considerably optimize various processes related to the installation and operation of the SiconiaTM ‘SMARTY BZ-PLUS’," explains Jan-Marvin Keilig, product manager for ‘Basic Meters’ at Sagemcom Dr. Neuhaus GmbH.

The SiconiaTM ‘SMARTY BZ-PLUS’ is compliant with the current FNN specifications for digital electricity meters in Germany and will be available in the following versions: one-directional meter (+ A) with backstop and bidirectional meter (+ A and -A). One special feature of the SiconiaTM ‘SMARTY BZ-PLUS’ compared to a FNN basic meter is, among other things, its 2-button operation. The additional buttons increase the usability of the display in addition to the common “optical button” (light impulse via torch). Moreover, theSiconiaTM ‘SMARTY BZ-PLUS’ can also be read out in the de-energized state with the help of an integrated power supply (battery). This simplifies the warehousing process and increases the employee safety. Another user-friendly feature is the integrated D0 interface, which not only allows meter data to be read out permanently, but also to be parameterized via an additional software provided. The integrated real-time clock and calendar make it possible to use tariff tables without a connection to an external switching device.

If required, the SiconiaTM ‘SMARTY BZ-PLUS’ can also be supplied with non-billing-relevant load profile functions (RLM) and network-relevant GRID functions, such as frequency or voltage. This makes it a much cheaper alternative to a real load profile meter (RLM).

In Germany, a digital meter, a so-called modern metering device (mMe), together with a smart meter gateway (SMGw) forms the smart metering system (German: iMSys). While the mME electronically determines the power consumption, the SMGw serves as a communication unit by transmitting meter data safely from the connected meter to authorized market participants, such as the metering point operator. End users can also access their own power consumption through an iMSys. The aim of an iMSys is to promote the digitization of the energy transition by intelligently linking energy generation and consumption in the distribution network.



Smart Meter Rollout

Essen / Hamburg, 27th November 2018

Innogy Metering is conducting a lifecycle test with two SiconiaTM "SMARTY IQ" smart meter gateways manufactured by Sagemcom Dr. Neuhaus. In this special test, both the meter operator and the manufacturer check the requirements of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for smart meter gateways.

Meter operator innogy Metering and manufacturer Sagemcom Dr. Neuhaus complete the lifecycle test together as part of the BSI approval procedure for smart meter gateways (CC certification). The Assurance Life Cycle (ALC) test enables the gateways' lifecycle processes to be tested by connecting them to the real PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) system – from the secure supply chain to proper disposal.

“By conducting the lifecycle test with our partner innogy Metering, we are demonstrating our high standards of data protection and data security and, on the other, both companies are showing that they are ready for the smart meter rollout,”, sreports Raik Handsche, key account manager at Sagemcom Neuhaus GmbH.

The starting point of the ALC test was the delivery of the SiconiaTM "SMARTY IQ" gateways from Sagemcom Dr. Neuhaus' protected production area in Rostock. A Sagemcom team transported two pre-personalized devices in a high-security PIN-protected transport box of manufacturer Lock Your World and handed them over to the innogy Metering team in Essen.

The start of operation – also called personalization – of the devices will now be carried out via the gateway administration system of innogy Metering. “The ALC test with the gateways from Sagemcom Dr. Neuhaus is a very important step on our way to a smart meter rollout. It gives us the opportunity to test our processes and systems under real conditions. Among other things, we will implement tariffs (Tarifanwendungsfälle) on the gateways and test the metering data reception to the external market participant (EMT),” explains Stephan Rödiger, engineer for communication technology at innogy Metering. In addition, innogy Metering is also testing the over-the-air transmission of a firmware update, which will be particularly important in light of future requirements for the second-generation (G2) of smart meter gateways.