This article serves as a guide to decide on the architecture of a basic utility meter that can serve the basic purposes and applications of the present-day basic utility metering, including measurement of consumption, tamper protection, time keeping, display and transmission of the meter-reading. It looks at the components of such a meter, including the analog front end, flow/gas measurement unit, tamper protection and detection logic, real time clock, communication peripherals, display driver, core functions, and memory.
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About the author
Sunil Deep Maheshwari has worked as a Design Engineer at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. for nearly three years. He has worked on architectures ranging from Digital Signal Controller, Power Train to Metering. He earned his Bachelor in Engineering in Electronics and Communications from NSIT, Delhi University, India. He can be reached at email@example.com