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Products

Conlog Product Offering

We provide a holistic end-to-end solution that comprises of various products, software and services. Our aim is to offer real solutions that will change the way businesses and property management groups manage their operational efficiencies and thus improving effectiveness in service delivery.

 


 


 

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P1100206

 

P1100779

 

Meters

Single Phase
Three phase
P1100206
Smart Meters
P1100779

Single Phase

Three phase

Smart Meters

Software

 

Conlog’s extensive software product range is versatile and can be customized based on the needs and requirements of our Customers. We specialize in providing smart solutions for the delivery of electricity services. Our broad product offer comprises the latest technology has to offer in vending solutions, revenue management, transaction switching and advanced metering infrastructure.

Engineered for excellence, our 3 tier product pyramid is designed to transform the metering industry. Each offer is designed to address the unique requirements of both the Utility and the consumer. The Platform Offer boasts many industry firsts and provides the strong foundation on which the Enabled and Premium Offer are built.

The Platform offer includes Ultima, a Windows based management system software application suite for running your day to day prepayment revenue management functions. The management system manages both the financial and meter related information, thereby addressing the commercial and technical needs of the utility. The system is scalable and is capable of handling millions of customers and transactions making it an ideal solution for utilities worldwide.

Key features of Conlog’s Ultima solution include is its user friendly intuitive interface, which uses graphic icons and simple menus, to ensure operators can quickly and easily utilize the software.  In addition, the software is available in a variety of languages, dependent on your requirements.

The Ultima system allows vending through directly controlled vending units, as well as all Conlog’s additional vending mechanisms, such as POWERhub, Conlog’s XMLVend2.1 compliant gateway, and POWERpin which allows consumers to buy electricity via SMS text messaging. In addition, all Conlog solutions are STS compliant, to ensure compatibility with our full range of products, as well as any other STS products.

The Enabled offer is based on Conlog’s’ POWERCloud technology, which provides an infrastructure for our cloud based offer, which is a simple yet very effective mechanism to allow for effect prepayment revenue management in a cost effective way.

The heart of the system is the latest generation web Based Ultima Plus Revenue Management system.

Ultima Plus offers customers the same reliability and flexibility that they have become accustomed to with its predecessor Ultima, whilst enjoying the new features and functionality through the use of leading edge technology platforms. The vending platform also allows for 3rd party vending mechanisms via POWERHub and POWERPin technologies. Conlog also is able to offer our very own rich POS client POWERsale, as both a Utility Vending Client or a 3rd party Merchant Client.

Building on the cloud offer is POWERnova, which provides the platform for AMI. POWERnova offers Cloud based management and 2 way communications with Conlog’s wireless meter range and accessories. The POWERnova Head End System is built on the (09) platform, Conlog’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) codebase. POWERnova is designed to revolutionize the metering and vending arena.

POWERnova comprises two distinct functional areas, the front end components that are responsible for the collection, storage and communication of data from the metering devices; and the head end components that retrieve and manage this data. For the utility, the benefits are unparalleled, remote tamper detection and load management is now possible as there is two-way communication between the meter and the back end system.

Conlog’s Premium offer is an all encompassing leading edge smart metering solution targeted at the smart cities segment, providing both utilities and consumers with feature rich metering and data management solutions to address the modern energy challenges.

Accessories

Enclosures
P1100206
Interrogator kit
Field Services Terminal
P1100779
RF Range Extender
Enclosures

Conlog enclosures are made from the highest quality materials, which are durable and designed to protect your meter against the outside elements. They are available in many different sizes to suit various configurations. The enclosures can be ordered with the meters installed or by themselves.
The Interrogator kit

Conlog’s interrogator kit provides an easy method of retrieving and storing information from prepayment electricity meters. This data can be viewed at any time using the application software, or uploaded for analysis into other applications. The kit also provides a simple mechanism to verify the approximate accuracy of a prepayment meter, quickly and easily.
The wireless Field Service Terminal wFST(09)

Conlog’s Field Services Terminal puts convenience in your hands. The small handheld device is packed with features, such as the ability to undertake remote meter readings and interrogation, without ever having to access the meter. The device can distribute STS tokens to a meter, whilst maintaining a full log of all acceptance or rejection commands, for audit pur­poses. Another key feature is the ability to push GPS co-ordinates to a meter for improved asset control and record keeping. The Field Services Terminal is versatile in that it serves as an RF modem when connected to a PC or laptop. With a built-in onboard memory, data can be downloaded from the meter and uploaded to the back end system.
The wireless RF Range Extender WEX(09)

In some installations, it may be necessary to increase the range between the wUIU(09) and the meter. This is achieved by installing a Wireless RF Range Extender WEX(09) between the meter and the wUIU(09), to ensure consistent communication between the devices. It is recommended that the distance between the WEX(09) and the meter should not exceed 20 metres. The WEX(09) can be mounted on an exterior wall or light pole; and the device is powered via the mains source (220-240V), through a street light or PV solar panel. Once connected, the WEX(09) can increase the signal to the wUIU(09) to some 150 metres line of sight and can support
The wireless User Interface Unit wUIU(09)
P1100206
The Wireless Meter Interface WMI(09)
The User Interface Unit UIU(09)
P1100779
The Data Concentrator Unit DCU(09)
The wireless User Interface Unit wUIU(09)

Traditionally split meters have required wiring between the metering device and the user interface keypad. Now, with Conlog’s wireless user interface unit (wUIU(09)), radio frequency is used be­tween the devices, making installation simpler, better and faster. In addition, through the use of RF (radio frequency), users are assured of a working solution with no interference that can operate comfortably at distances of typically 100 metres. An added benefit is that the wUIU(09) is compatible with Conlog’s extensive range of split meters.
The Wireless Meter Interface WMI(09)

The WMI(09) allows a previously hard wired meter to communicate wirelessly to the wUIU(09). The communication is two-way between the meter and the wUIU(09), the WMI(09) can be used on all split meters. The WMI(09) is available in different versions, ensure the version you have selected is compatible with the meter you have installed. The WMI(09) is hard wired to the meter through the comms port, however communicates through RF to the wUIU(09). The WMI(09) has a range extending from 35m (built environment) to 100m.
The User Interface Unit UIU(09)

An innovation in the prepayment industry has been the use of split meters, whereby the metering device is installed outside the consumer’s premises and a User Interface Unit (UIU) is positioned within the premises. The UIU is a small keypad device that enables the consumer to enter their electricity credit and access some functionality, such as a variety of consumption data.
The Data Concentrator Unit DCU(09)

It all comes together in the form of Conlog’s Data Concentrator Unit (DCU(09)). An integral link between the front and head-end system, the DCU(09) is responsible for the routine collection, storage and com­munication of metering data. The DCU(09) is a primary means of remote communication and is capable of reading and writing data to and from metering devices. Packed with features, the DCU(09) performs various activities as required by the AMI System. These

include meter discovery, meter reading, remote disconnection, reconnection of meters and load management processes. In addition, the DCU(09) provides up to date reporting on status changes such as tamper detection in the metering device and is capable of delivering tokens on request. Communication problems are a thing of the past as the DCU(09) has the ability to collect and store data for subsequent retrieval. Diagnostic features include communication of critical changes to the AMI back end system, through the recording of system logs.

The User Interface Unit UIU(05)
UIU
The wireless Common Base Unit
wCBU (09) ECU
Utility
SMARTswitch
Smartswitch
The User Interface Unit UIU(05)

An innovation in the prepayment industry has been the use of split meters, whereby the metering device is installed outside the consumer’s premises and a User Interface Unit (UIU) is positioned within the premises. The UIU is a small keypad device that enables the consumer to enter their electricity credit and access some functionality, such as a variety of consumption data.
The wireless Common Base Unit

Another innovation in the wireless metering world, the wCBU (wireless Common Base Unit) has taken the industry by storm. The wCBU unleashes the opportunity for utilities to enjoy all the benefits of wireless split metering, without the challenge of removing exisiting common base meters. A cost effective solution, the wCBU is ideal for retrofit applications. The common wall base allows for quick and easy installation together with a large LCD screen and integrated keypad for effortless use. The wCBU PE version has a built-in earth leakage and test button, providing protection through a (20A) double pole circuit breaker ideal for low cost housing projects.
Utility SMARTswitch

Conlog’s UTILITY SMARTswitch solution provides utilities with a simple, automatic mechanism to limit users’ load, especially over peak demand periods, without the need for load shedding. This ensures the customer always has power and the utilities achieve the reduction of load required.
A key benefit of Conlog’s UTILITY SMARTswitch solution is the ability to integrate into a customer’s home environment. There are no security concerns as the customer benefits from the installation, unlike traditional geyser switches which are often bypassed and seen by the consumer as intrusive

Appliances

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Complementary to our extensive software range is our Appliances Offer. As part of Conlog’s holistic approach to providing complete Solutions to our customers is our range of server and workstation appliances.

The POWERAppliance range provides server hardware to cater for our Customers exact needs. Based on the requirements of the customer and in consultation, Conlog will make the necessary recommendations as to which appliance/s is suitable for each environment.

The POWERClient Appliance is a workstation built on current best of breed computer hardware. This appliance can be used both as a Management Client or Vending Client, in the Ultima Revenue management platform offer, or as a Web client or Rich POS client in the enabled offer.

The POWERPos device is a handheld remote client which doubles up as a Utility vending device or as a Merchant device.

Prepayment technologies are evolving at a rapid rate and bringing with it the demand for a stable communication infrastructure. With the advent of AMI and interconnectivity of devices, the need to be always online adds to the requirement for reliable communications. This can be a serious challenge for utilities, which may not have the necessary technologies, methodologies and associated infrastructure.  POWERComms offers two alternatives to help solve this issue, a managed ADSL option as well an APN solution.

Other products that form part of the appliance is a range of Security Modules, the flagship of which is the TSM(500) capable of high transaction throughput.

 


 


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Prepaid metering portfolio

Conlog specialises in prepayment solutions and therefore our metering product range is one of the most
comprehensive in the industry. Customers are able to select from single phase devices for the residential sector, through to three phase devices for light industrial applications. We also offer a variety of metering footprints, to enable cost effective solutions for the deployment of prepayment into both new and retrofit environments.

Standard features:

All our meters are manufactured to the highest quality standards and are STS approved. In addition, all meters are available with:

  • Class one or Class two accuracy
  • Enhanced tamper detection
  • Reverse energy detection and measurement
  • Delayed reconnection
  • Programmable under and over voltage trip
  • History of tokens entered into the meter
  • Variety of consumption information
  • Consumption rate indicator
  • Galvanic isolation, where applicable

 

Meter footprints

Most meters are available in a variety of different installation footprints, the most common of which are mentioned here:

DIN rail

A DIN rail is a standard type of metal rail that is widely used for mounting circuit breakers. This is a popular footprint for prepaid meters as many meters can be installed together in one enclosure. The term DIN derives from the original specification published by Deutsches Institut fur Normung (DIN) in Germany, which was then adopted worldwide.

BS footprint

Previously referred to as British Standard, this is traditionally used for retrofitting an existing conventional meter, and refers to the wiring of the terminal block as well as the three mounting screws. Our prepaid meters are equipped with a BS terminal block, making them ideal for retrofit installations.

Common base

Designed by Conlog and now an industry standard, the common base footprint comprises of two parts; a wallbase and the active meter. This configuration allows for the pre-installation of the wallbase and the meter can be clipped into the base when the meter installation is required.

 

Split / Combo


 

Split

Conlog’s split metering technology comprises a metering device and a keypad. The meter is installed outside the premises, whilst the consumer has a keypad installed inside the property. With this solution, the intelligence is housed within the meter, whilst the customer keypad simply reads data from the meter. In order for the two devices to communicate, there are two options available to customers:

Wired solution

A two core cable, or twinflex, is used between the meter and the customer keypad.

Wireless solution

The meter and consumer keypad communicate via radio frequency, on the internationally open and accepted license free ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) band.

Combo

A combo meter is a term used to describe an installation whereby the meter and keypad are combined in a single unit. The meter is installed in the consumer premises, usually next to the distribution board. These meters are available in single phase and three phase variants.

Wired and Wireless combos

post paid

Post-paid


 

Conlog meters are configured as pre-paid meters by default, however the (09) range can be configured to operate in either the pre-paid or post-paid mode.

In the pre-paid mode, all accounting functionality is as per standard pre-paid requirements.

In the post-paid mode, the meter operates as a credit meter, meaning the consumer would have to have the meter read and be billed in a conventional manner. Pre-paid accounting functionality is not available whilst in post-paid mode.

The benefit for the utility is the added flexibility to the consumer. The consumer can be switched from a post-paid mode to pre-paid mode with just an encrypted token. In addition, a consumer who previously used conventional meters can still make use of post-payment and can still be switched to a pre-paid mode if required.