DLMS Meter Conﬁguration Tool
A great deal of the Smart Metering equipment is based on the DLMS COSEM Protocol. This protocol proposes a way to federate the requirements of utilities and providers in order to get a generic way to communicate in the area of Smart Grids. Today, DLMS COSEM is certainly a widely accepted standard for meter communication, but also for other elements in the Smart Grid.
Providers, Utilities, and Integrators have a real need for the design and implementation of a simple, functional, adaptable and evolutive DLMS COSEM Meter Configuration Tool. SmartHawk is the new answer to this demand.
SmartHawk is the Generic DLMS COSEM Meter Configuration Tool for metering equipment. It can be connected to any DLMS COSEM Meter by means of communication ports like: HDLC ( Serial 485, Optical), S-FSK, PRIME, G3, Euridis, TCP/IP, Zigbee, M-BUS etc.
SmartHawk covers all customer requirements related to the Meter Configuration, particularly in the production process and in the testing labs.
SmartHawk provides a clear and easy-to-use API to design the target Graphic User Interface required for the market or for customer needs.
SmartHawk can be customized to be “the customer tool” for instance, to have a particular name, the look, and feel of the customer tools, colours, logos etc.
SmartHawk is a complete platform permitting to obtain a reliable and customized DLMS COSEM Meter Configuration Tool, and this, with very short delays.
The main objective of SmartHawk is to provide the right tool to the manufacturing and production processes in the Smart Metering area. In addition to the basic GUI and the possibility to customize it to comply with customer requirements, SmartHawk allows customers to create and execute scripts to facilitate the configuration of important volumes of equipment. Scripts can also be used for doing local testing during the installation process.
In other words, SmartHawk has a basic but complete GUI, and it also provides a high-level API to create Plug-ins to better adapt to specific markets. SmartHawk also allows the customer to integrate all the required modifications concerning the look and feel in order to customize it and integrate it into the company standards.
Andrea Informatique has been entrusted by several customers to design, implement and test prototypes based on the DLMS COSEM Protocol. In this context, it is essential to have a reliable and convenient tool at hand to configure the meter during the manufacture and production processes. SmartHawk has a relevant place in the mass production process but also for local and comprehensive communication with the smart meter. SmartHawk is the essential tool for the engineering team in the testing labs of utilities and meter providers. This engineering team tests locally the meter and designs the scripts to be executed by the technicians to validate the meter installation.
The client DLMS COSEM Toolkit is integrated into SmartHawk. It runs on Windows and can be ported in a small laptop to configure and test field meters. SmartHawk can handle Sort Names and Logical Names. SmartHawk complies entirely with DLMS User Association BOOKS.
Here below you can see two examples of plug-in implementation. The customer can modify it, to add cosmetic features to get the look and feel normally used in the other tools of the company.
Local testing can be done directly by means of the multiple plugins or based on scripts. In this way, the conﬁguration, local testing or the preparation of test scripts for automatic test generation (Colibri: Installation Tool) is combined with maximum test ﬂexibility.
The language used for implementing the Plug-ins is C#.
DLMS COSEM Tools & Services are a complete package of products and support to improve the reliability and to reduce project development time, and in consequence, to reduce the costs of your Smart Metering Projects.