In the era of Smart Grids, metering entails not only the measurement of electricity, gas, water or heat consumption but also communications from meter to concentrator or cloud. Real-time reporting of consumption directly to consumers improves consumer awareness leading to waste reduction thus lower expenses. The use of smart meters to measure and report energy consumption enables utilities and energy distributors to manage its supply and demand in real time. The result is lower cost, higher reliability, reduced tampering and less carbon emissions.
To ensure more accurate measurements and lower power consumption as well as the various wired and wireless communication protocols needed for meters as well as concentrators, smart plug and in-home user devices, ST enables the vision of a Smart Grid in electric, gas, water and heat meters through its unique portfolio of semiconductor products.
ST supports designers with our unique system-level application know-how and a wide range of products and solutions including energy metering ICs, multi-protocol programmable power-line modems, long- and short-range RF transmission circuits, 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers, highly-efficient power supply and management devices, sensors, EEPROMs, secure elements and protection devices.