A big part of the ability to communicate with the various elements of a utility’s infrastructure involves a connection with the Internet and this means increased vulnerability to any number of malicious players.
- Claire Volkwyn - Editor
African utility
Africa & Middle East
3 July 2014

Elster’s new low-cost direct connect meter for Africa

Global meter manufacturer Elster Solutions has launched a new unit - the A1160 direct connect meter - which can operate standalone or as part of an automated metering reading (AMR) or advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system geared at meeting the needs of African utilities.

Elster, which produces end-to-end electricity, water and gas solutions, has manufactured the A1160 160 Amp Direct Connect electronic polyphase electricity meter at its Johannesburg site.

The new meter has both ISO 9001 and SANAS 17025 accreditation and impulse protection to guard against hazards, such as lightning interference.

Simon Dart, managing director at Elster Solutions, said: “The A1160 meter is a robust, more secure and more affordable alternative to existing options.

"Elster has once again answered a market need - the A1160 innovative direct connect meter offers quality end-to-end smart metering at significantly reduced costs.”

Meter features

The A1160 is a direct connect meter, which requires no current transformers and ancillaries reducing installation time, the company claims.

And as a multi-function four-quadrant meter, the A1160 provides measurement, instrumentation, load profiling, time of use, maximum demand, security monitoring and historical data recording.

The meter can operate as stand-alone or as part of a comprehensive AMR/AMI metering system through a variety of communication modules, up to 100 kilovolt-amperes (KVA) installations.

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