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DLMS/COSEM Solutions for Advanced Metering Infrastructure

Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) has been growing at a fast clip in the recent past, and the number of smart meters deployed worldwide is expected to reach 963 million units by 2020 according to forecast by Pike Research. Across the world, choosing a physical transport medium is region-specific, while metering protocol choices in Europe is DLMS/ COSEM. Additionally, an increase in the number of smart meters has made vendors to look for alternatives instead of connecting the meters directly connect with the head end. A hierarchical network infrastructure wherein smart meters connect to the metering head end via a Data Concentrator is becoming a more cost effective solution. Aricents DLMS/ COSEM solutions are designed to help OEMs deliver high quality and differentiated solutions for the AMI market.
AMI networks have started gaining traction across the world, with utilities rapidly embracing smart grid technologies spurred by multiple factors such as the need to optimize the load on the grid, incentives from the regulatory bodies, the need to improve operational efficiencies, etc. The metering protocol is the essential glue that helps enable these benefitsright across the infrastructurefrom the smart meter, to the data concentrator, through to the head end. DLMS/COSEM enables rich functionality for all AMI needs
IEC4-32 SOAP/HTTP Based Interface towards HeadEnd/MDMS DLMS/COSEM CLIENT STACK (AL) TFTP Control Plane FW upgrade for COSEM/ DLMS & application

Data Concentrator Application

TCP/IP stack IPv4/IPv6

Management Functions


Aricent has developed a feature-rich protocol stack for the DLMS/ COSEM client. The DLMS/COSEM client can sit at either the Data Concentrator or at the head end, and connects with the DLMS/ COSEM server at the smart meters. The protocol itself can be transported over different types of physical layers such as Power Line Communications (PLC), IP, HDLC, or wireless networks (including mesh or 2G/3G networks). We have worked with Texas Instruments to enable and optimize our protocol stack on the TI Data Concentrator platform. The platform is designed to enable complete Data Concentrator functionality on PLC networks based on PRIME and G3 interfaces.

TCP/IP stack

Convergence Layer

FW upgrade


MAC Layer

MAC Layer




PHY Layer

PHY Layer Data and Control Plane





Management Plane

Key features available as a part of the DLMS/COSEM client include: > Support of LN services (GET, SET, ACTION) > Support of SN services (READ, WRITE, UNCONFIRMEDWRITE) > Support of various DLMS COSEM interface classes and objects > Event notification request support > Low- and high-level security and encryption support > Support for confirmed/unconfirmed services classifications > Sample application > Peer meter simulator

Major applications supported by the DCAF include: Meter Administrator: Meter registration, power control, clock synchronization remote firmware update, etc. Remote Tariff Programming: Loading meter with tariff information Meter Read: Ondemand as well as periodic reading of meters connected to the DC Remote Connect/Disconnect: Remote control of connection/ disconnection of the premises based on grid conditions Alarm Management: Management of outages and abnormal events on meters, potentially requiring raising of SNMP trap into the Outage Management System


Aricent has also developed a Data Concentrator Application Framework (DCAF) that makes it simple for OEMs to create applications on the Data Concentrator. The framework provides a simple Web-services-based interface layer that exposes most common functions such as meter administration, remote tariff programming, fraud detection, etc. The framework has been designed in a platformand protocol-agnostic manner, can be used on both DLMS/COSEM and other protocols, and can integrate with both Aricent and 3rd-party DLMS/COSEM client stacks.

Fraud Detection: Detection of meter tampering and other related fraud

Standards-based Connectivity: Aricents DLMS/COSEM client helps OEMs creates cutting-edge AMI solutions that are compliant with the latest industry standards. Optimized Solutions: Our DLM/COSEM stack has been

Data Concentrator Application

optimized on the TI platform and is designed to leverage the benefits of the underlying platform. To address the demand for deployments where Data Concentrators support a large number of smart meters, our stacks can help OEMs deliver
Alarm Management

Web Services Interface Layer Meter Read (Ondemand + Periodic) Interrupt Information

Meter Admin

Remote Tari Programming

highly scalable solutions. Ease-of-Development: With Aricents DCAF, OEMs can quickly create applications to implement the most common functions expected of a Data Concentrator. The Web-services-based interfaces and generic APIs ensure that the same application functionality can be ported across different protocols and network architectures. Accelerated Time to Market: The AMI market is moving quickly and OEMs need to quickly deliver solutions that meet and exceed the performance and functionality requirements set forth by utilities. With our DLMS/COSEM protocol stack

Fraud Detection

Data Concentrator Application

Data Concentrator API Layer Application Layer Fine-Grained DLMS/COSEM Adaptor Coarse-Grained DLMS/COSEM API




and DCAF, OEMs can be assured of high-quality solutions, delivered in very short timeframes.

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