The P+E Technik company, based in Germany, has announced the first optical probe for meter reading with USB connectivity. The probe is available in either an IEC or ANSI case made of Delrin®, and is delivered with virtual COM-Port drivers for W2K and WinXP.

PE Technik optical probe

The front is equipped with a daylight filtering glass to ensure that only infrared signals reach the receiver. Reflections of the sent signal are eliminated by a specially-developed technique in the probe. If the reflection is needed to check something, the user can order probes without elimination, and in this case the reflection is made by the probe and the user receives a ‘clean' echo.