E-distribuzione SpA and Endesa Distribución SA, took a major step forward in the implementation of global smart meter solutions with the constitution of an international non-profit association METERS AND MORE based in Brussels under Belgian legislation.
The Association operates and promotes the new generation communication protocol METERS AND MORE and is open to third parties: since its constitution, over 45 new companies have already joined the Association.
METERS AND MORE protocol is implemented on the electronic meters that Endesa started to install to its 13 million customers in Spain.
METERS AND MORE Association benefits from the experience of Enel’s Telegestore, the unique AMI solution in operation worldwide for over 40 million customers.
The protocol enables bidirectional data transfer between smart meters and central billing systems in an Advanced Smart Metering environment. The METERS AND MORE initiative is a concrete step aimed at implementing the EU Commission Mandate 441 to provide standard pan-European Smart Metering solutions.
The Association will further develop the protocol specifications, certify compliance of the new equipment with such specifications and promote the protocol’s application throughout Europe. Membership of METERS AND MORE is open to other industry players, leading research institutes and universities, that will be able to access and further develop the protocol, hence supporting the standardisation of Smart Metering communication solutions across the continent.
The main goal of the Association is to provide the industry with a proven open protocol for smart metering, thus being a tangible answer to the European Commission’s Mandate 441 to achieve standard AMM solutions across the continent. Association is in charge of making available an open basis and evolve the protocol specifications, certify compliance of new equipments and promote the protocol’s widespread diffusion.
To this end the Association will, inter alia, aim at:
Developing and determining the METERS AND MORE Protocol on the basis of an open decision-making procedure available to all the Members;
Rendering the METERS AND MORE Protocol standard specification documentation freely available to all the Association’s Members and, for consulting purposes, to entities and bodies involved in standardization activities, identified by the Board of Directors on the basis of objective criteria;
Making best efforts to ensure that the quality and level of detail of the METERS AND MORE Protocol standard specification documentation shall be clear and sufficient also in view of further development activities;
Making best efforts to ensure that standardized interfaces shall not be hidden;
Promoting the existence of a range of interoperable devices, applications and services by promoting open industry specifications, which could be implemented by licensed producers of devices and more generally products or services based on the METERS AND MORE Protocol, upon a royalty free license scheme initiated by the Association.
Directors of METERS AND MORE:
Pilar Nieto Hernandez (Chairperson)
Giacomo Gargano (Directeur Général, e-distribuzione)
Domenico Arrigo (ST Microelectronics)
Alessandro Bertani (CESI SpA)
Maurizio Bigoloni (Siemens SpA)
Pilar Nieto Hernandez (Endesa Distribucion Electrica S.L)
Alessio Montone (e-distribuzione)
Meters and More International no-profit Association is composed of a Board of Directors representing the Full Members and three Committees:
Protocol Specification Committee (TCS)
The objective of the TCS is to maintain, evolve and provide the official specification of the technology Meters and More.
TCS develops the specifications for a new generation communication solution, called GATEWAY, between the meter and end-customer devices and for SMITP-compatible communication technologies for smart city applications.
Committee for Product Certification (TCC)
TCC´s work program is to define specifications for the certification tests for basic components devices and concentrators; Other goal is to increase the number of Testing Providers and certified devices.
By continuing to expand the certification test suite TCC support utilities and device manufacturers in their move to a new generation communication solution.
Committee for Communication activities (CCA)
CCA promotes Meters and More and its Protocol worldwide with many different international communication activities enhancing the objectives of the Association and its Committees.
Meters and More Association makes all the documentation concerning its communication protocol freely and openly available to any interested entity which joins the Association.
The members could apply to the Association in accordance with 2 levels of membership categories: Full Members and Associated Members.
Candidates for membership will submit their applications in writing to the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors can request additional information at any time in order to decide on an application. The application form and any related formalities will be published on the Association’s website.
Admission shall only become effective after execution of the accession agreement as determined by the Board of Directors and payment of the annual membership fee.
A Member can resign from the Association at any time by sending a registered letter to the chairperson of the Board of Directors. The resignation shall be effective upon receipt of the letter by the chairperson of the Board of Directors.
Any profit corporation, non-profit corporation, association, government organization, educational institution or other enterprise supportive of the present Association’s goals, policies and procedures is qualified to become a Full or an Associated Member of the Association.
Please complete all sections of this application form and sign and return it to the attention of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association at the registered office of the Association (Rue de la Science 14b, 1040 Brussels, Belgium) and by e-mail to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The board of directors may request additional information to assess an application. The admission as a Full or Associated Member to the Association requires a decision of the Board of Directors , which shall be taken at the first meeting following the application for membership. Admission shall only become effective after execution of the Accession Agreement and payment of the annual membership fee. The candidate will be kept informed of the following steps in the procedure after submission of this application form.