DLMS

For more than three years, a strong interest in the DLMS/ COSEM specification (IEC 62056 series/EN 13757-1) has been recorded from Asia. Today, some 25 percent of the 100+ members of the DLMS UA come from this fast developing region of the world, and 14 of the 28 manufacturers having obtained a DLMS Compliant Certificate are from Australia, China, India or South Korea.

This is why – after participating at similar conferences held earlier in Beijing and Bangkok – we decided to be present again at Asia Energy Week 2008.

The conference this year was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 26-28 May, and the DLMS UA was present with a paper, the DLMS training seminar and a booth.

The paper was given by Gyozo Kmethy with the title “DLMS/COSEM – a smart standard for smart metering.” He gave a summary on the positive experience with DLMS/COSEM in recent smart metering projects, in particular with the Dutch project, leading to the development of the NTA 8130 specification based on DLMS/COSEM. These projects have highlighted that DLMS/COSEM – in particular its object-oriented approach, modelling an ever growing range of metering applications – is not only a language for interoperable meters, but also a language between suppliers and vendors to exactly formulate requirements, based on which efficient and interoperable solutions can be delivered. The working groups of the DLMS UA, handling maintenance, conformance testing, smart metering and gas metering, provide an excellent platform for cooperation between all stakeholders. The result of their work is directly fed into international standardisation to ensure that the specification is available for all without constraints.

At the seminar, an overview of the specification was given, with an emphasis on the latest developments added to support residential smart metering. Participants came from India, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Singapore and a lively interactive session developed with many practical points discussed.

At the booth we had the opportunity to meet several current and would-be users and members. As usual, the usefulness of our participation has been directly confirmed by new applications for membership in the DLMS UA.

Please contact us for more information or any question about the DLMS User Association at Pré-de-la-Fontaine 19, CH-1217 Meyrin-Geneva, Switzerland, email: dlms@dlms.com, or visit our website www.dlms.com.

Gyözö Kmethy, President

Paul Fuchs, General Secretary