Robulink's unique mesh network technology and innovative Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solutions enable utilities to quickly and economically implement next generation AMI. We have worked with system integrators on our Mesh Network for downlink channel communication solutions.
Core Technology of RobuNetTM Mesh Network
¢ Mesh Network: Advanced mesh network topology to better adapt to a variety of complex and changing environments.
¢ Self-forming: Automatic networking with fully intelligent routing - no on-site adjustment, no routing restrictions, and no extra repeater equipment needed.
¢ Frequency hopping: RobuNetTM Mesh uses multi-channel frequency hopping based on FCC 15.247 technology, widely used internationally to improve noise isolation and reduce interference.
Real World Challenges and Utilities' Needs
Wireless mesh networks are an option available to utilities who wish to take advantage of new AMI technologies. As utilities begin to look beyond legacy metering into two-way communication metering systems with remote provisioning of time-critical services and demands, new key requirements emerge. These requirements for reliability, adaptability, scalability, responsiveness and lower life-cycle costs put well-designed mesh radio networks high on the agenda for many utilities. When considering the real-world challenges of deploying mesh radio networks in complex environments, application-optimized technology offers many advantages over generic mesh network products.
These challenges include:
Reliability of Communication
A modified ad-hoc or controlled mesh network tailor-made for AMI offers the best solution. It is essential to achieving a high level of communication reliability and maintaining the required data throughput in a complex environment with multiple vendors.
ROI of Ownership
The overall Return On Investment (ROI) is a key decision-making parameter for all utilities. Well-defined functionality and data bandwidth in an optimized cost structure are needed.
Service Life Cycle
Scalability and the ability to upgrade remotely help to protect utilities' investments and facilitate the adding of new functions in the future. In certain circumstances, this is required to provide a path to integrate gas, water and heat meters into current electricity metering networks.