Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- June 13, 2013 - The PRIME Alliance has announced the availability of a comprehensive PRIME base node certification program, as well as the successful obtainment of the first certification by PRIME meter and meter data concentrator supplier ZIV.

Base node software functionality, which makes up the core PRIME “head end” capability within a meter data concentrator, is critical to enabling interoperability with various meter manufacturers. The PRIME Alliance, building off the comprehensive meter certification program that has been in place for several years, will now provide a comprehensive suite of test cases, certification software toolkits, and the definition of the standardized interfaces between the toolkit and the tested devices.  

The new testing tool and program to certify PRIME technology in base nodes was developed by TECNALIA Research & Innovation, an independent laboratory headquartered in Derio, Spain. The effective test facility covers all capabilities needed to perform the base node conformance tests as defined in PRIME Certification Base Node Test Cases v1.3 and is compliant with PRIME Specification 1.3.6.

“This latest generation testing facility enables the manufacturers of meter data concentrators to demonstrate full compliance of their products with the PRIME protocol for the base node certification,” stated Marta Castro, head of Smart Meters Laboratory at TECNALIA.

ZIV is the first equipment supplier to successfully achieve base node certification utilizing this new process.

PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) defines an open and future-proofed communications PLC-based infrastructure to support large scale smart metering and other smart grid deployments.