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System and Method for Simulating Electricity Meter Displays in Software

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240611D
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 169K

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Related People

Sean Scoggins; Nick McFetridge, Kyle Ferriter: INVENTOR

Abstract

This invention allows an AMI head-end software application to show a user what effect changes to a meter’s display configuration will have before the display is changed in actual meters. It also allows utility personnel to simulate what their customer is seeing on the meter display for remote assistance.

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Elster Solutions, LLC

208 S. Rogers Lane, Raleigh, NC 27610

Inventors:  Sean Scoggins

Nick McFetridge

Kyle Ferriter

This invention is software related.

E20140160 -- System and Method for Simulating Electricity Meter Displays in Software.

Background:

This invention allows an AMI head-end software application to show a user what effect changes to a meter’s display configuration will have before the display is changed in actual meters.  It also allows utility personnel to simulate what their customer is seeing on the meter display for remote assistance.

Description:

This invention relates to a novel usability improvement in an AMI head-end software system, preferably Elster’s EnergyAxis Management System.  Systems like EA_MS allow utility personnel to configure the displays of so called “smart meters” remotely and then use the system to remotely configure the meter as directed.  A challenge with this approach is that unlike in traditional configuration scenarios where a human was present at the meter as it was being programmed (either in the field or with the meter in the meter shop), the meter is not typically available for inspection when the configuration (the “program”) is being specified.

This invention concerns specifically the configuration of the display sequence on an Elster REX2 meter.  There are three parts to the invention:

1.       The first part is being delivered in the Elster EA_MS 9.2 product release, and has been disclosed to internal Elster personnel in the form of a demonstration.  This part of the invention allows a human user of EA_MS to see a visual representation of how the REX2 meter will display “custom strings”.  These are strings, of up to 6 characters each, that the user can cause the meter to display.  Because the meter has only 7 segment displays for each digit, it cannot accurately represent all 26 letters in the English alphabet.  It does map all 26 characters to a unique displayable item, but the mapping is not always clear.  Since the display in an AMI meter is primarily for the utility’s end-customer benefit, an...