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Radiocrafts and Smarteq Demonstrate Wireless M-Bus Systems

October 8, 2009

By combining the RC1180-MBUS3 radio module from Radiocrafts with commercial off-the-shelf antennas from Smarteq, a line-of-sight range of 1.5 km was achieved, from a utility meter to a gateway.

Oslo, Norway, and Täby, Sweden -- Radiocrafts and Smarteq Wireless have demonstrated over a 1.5 km range, from a utility meter to a gateway in a Wireless M-Bus system, using state-of-the-art antennas and RF modules. The system is compliant with the new Open Metering System specification and the NTA 8130/DSMR. The Wireless M-Bus standard (EN 13757-4:2005) is used for the communication between electricity, gas, water, and heat meters and a Multi Utility Communication (MUC) controller (concentrator). Long radio range is important to make a reliable and cost-efficient system, reducing the number of MUCs required to cover a large geographical area.

By combining the leading RF performance of the recently released RC1180-MBUS3 radio module from Radiocrafts with high-performance commercial off-the-shelf antennas from Smarteq, a line-of-sight range of 1.5 km was achieved for Wireless M-Bus T1 mode. The slightly directive high-efficiency antennas are excellent for wall-mounted utility meters, where the peak radiation (or reception) can be pointed in the most effective direction.

The RC1180-MBUS module combined with the Smarteq antennas meets the European radio regulations for license-free use. Hallvard Moholdt, Technical Solutions Manager at Radiocrafts, commented: "The demonstration done with Smarteq antennas shows that Wireless M-Bus can achieve an impressive range. We are happy to work together with the experienced Smarteq team to propose a combined solution, where the important antenna-parameters are well handled. The Smarteq antennas are also a good choice for the other modules in Radiocrafts' huge footprint-compatible module portfolio."

Fredrik Uggla, Key Account Manager at Smarteq Wireless, added: "We are proud to see that our antennas give excellent range performance when paired with the Radiocrafts RF modules."

Visit us at Metering Europe in Barcelona, Spain, from 6 to 8 October (Radiocrafts at stand no. 201, Smarteq Wireless at stand no. 731) to hear more about our wireless AMR solutions and see our wide range of antennas.

About Radiocrafts
Radiocrafts AS is a leading RF module design and manufacturing company. Radiocrafts' standard RF modules provide compact, easy-to-use, low-cost, low-power, and high-performance RF solutions for a large number of wireless applications, using license-free ISM bands. Using modules, OEM manufacturers without RF design knowledge can easily add wireless technology into their design, reducing time-to-market, cost of design, test and compliance approvals. Radiocrafts also offers custom and application-specific product development, supporting customers from initial project ideas to volume product delivery.

About Smarteq
Smarteq AB (publ) is a leading Antenna Co. that supplies and develops high-quality antennas and antenna systems for communication between vehicles, machine-to-machine, and wireless transfer of voice and data. Smarteq is active in the OEM-market and in the aftermarket. The company is represented by distributors and agents in more than 30 countries worldwide. The head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden.

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