Electronic technologies are helping reduce energy costs by tracking energy thieves. Moscow Incotex Co. Ltd. is implementing automated meter management systems throughout Russia and the Ukraine, collecting information from consumer energy meters over power lines. A key goal is to prevent theft and pinpoint the location of energy losses. Incotex’s Mercury PLC AMR sends signals between the utility and meter over power lines. Modules transmit data at up to 100 different frequencies in two directions, ensuring reliable transmission over noisy lines that were not built to handle communications traffic. Texas Instrument’s MSP430 microcontroller and TMS320C2000 digital signal controller are used to handle data and maintain signal reliability.
The transformative nature of designing and making things was the overarching, common theme at separate conferences held in Boston by two giants in the PLM space: Autodesk, with its Accelerate 2015, and Siemens’s Industry Analyst Conference 2015.
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