Licensing agreement bring Sentec’s Mobius current sensing technology to the market
Cambridge-based metering specialist Sentec has finalised a licensing agreement with OnStream, a National Grid company, to bring Sentec’s flagship current sensing Mobius technology to the UK smart electricity meter market.
OnStream is using Sentec’s Mobius current sensor to produce a customised smart electricity meter that is the first to be developed specifically to fit the particular profile of the UK market. This partnership has resulted in the first meter to be launched in the UK to take advantage of the outstanding performance measurement functionality offered by the Mobius platform.
The announcement of the deal coincides with a sea change in the traditional supply chain in the metering market, as traditional meter manufacturers face competition from new entrants such as systems integrators, and now, MAPs and MAMs are looking at the opportunities offered by custom meter design and build.
“This shift has resulted in all metering businesses, suppliers and customers redefining the way they work together, with more MAMs, such as OnStream, turning to bespoke meters as an affordable solution for their different marketplaces,” said Mark England, managing director of Sentec.
Mobius currently acts as the basis for more than 5 million meters in the US. It provides a highly cost-effective platform simplifying the design process which has allowed this meter to be approved for market in record time. The meter uses GSM which allows it to use the strongest mobile network available for each site.
“This partnership comes at a vital time for the UK: with the national smart meter roll-out beginning in 2012, there is a pressing need for proven solutions that are specifically tailored to the needs of the UK market," said England. "To meet the 2020 deadline for the completion of the roll-out, we need to start installing and using meters before 2012, so that the UK can put in place the new data and billing systems that will be needed to work alongside smart meters. OnStream is fully committed to driving forward the UK smart metering markets and is the perfect partner to support Sentec in bringing our expertise into UK homes.”
Clare Naunton, Smart Development Manager for OnStream agrees: “Smart metering is on the brink of rapid expansion in the UK and it’s critical to create a product that is perfectly suited to the region. The days of the one-size-fits-all meters are over and the opportunities in the future are based on increasing modularisation of meter design and lower costs of manufacturing as meters become pure electronic products that are found in every home.“
The Mobius-based meters will come to the market in a trial due to start in summer 2010.