ATEX certified GSM/GPRS module selected for gas metering

18th March 2016
Nat Bowers

In collaboration with u-blox, Pietro Fiorentini has announced the RSE gas meter family for use in residential and industrial areas, where power efficiency, product robustness and reliability are crucial. The meters use the u-blox cellular module, SARA-G350, which is certified according to ATEX, an EU Directive defining the technical requirements and conformity assessment procedures to be applied to equipment deployed in potentially explosive environments.

Pietro Cerami, Marketing Director, Pietro Fiorentini, commented: "We needed a high quality and reliable smart technology for critical gas telemetry in residential and industrial areas. SARA-G350, the ATEX certified cellular module from u-blox was therefore the right choice. This is another step towards better, more efficient, stable and safer gas distribution networks and management."

The SARA-G3 series of GSM/GPRS modules features extremely low power consumption and a miniature LGA form factor. SARA-G350 is the quad-band version for global connectivity, while the ATEX certified variant is the ideal solution for the development of smart devices deployed in potentially explosive environments. u blox also complies with ATEX regulations by manufacturing in ISO/TS 16949 certified production sites.

"It was very exciting to collaborate with a market leader such as Pietro Fiorentini in developing a product that would guarantee secure and high quality wireless communication in smart gas metering applications. Professional grade SARA-G350 ATEX follows the u-blox ‘nested design’ philosophy: to maintain form factor and software portability. This enables customers to easily upgrade their products with each new generation of u-blox wireless modules, without having to change the PCB designs. The easy migration between u-blox products contributes to a maximised investment, simplified logistics and drastically reduced time-to-market," explained Stefano Moioli, Product Management Director, Cellular, u-blox.

Pietro Fiorentini and u-blox plan further collaboration with the advent of new mobile technologies, such as NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT).

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