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Hydrolink wireless water meter system

Systems - Hydrolink B-Meters

Hydrolink is an integrated M-BUS wireless (or hard wired) system for water metering allowing the remote collection of the data thus eliminating any manual operation. In practice, it is sufficient for the operator (equipped with a receiver) to walk within the transmission range of the meter to allow immediate recognition of the end user and automatic storage of the updated consumption data.

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M-BUS Protocol

The HYDROLINK system uses the M-BUS wireless transmission protocol allowing communication with any other reading systems (electric power, gas) using the same standard, and to use accessories manufactured by third party companies. An M-BUS ready meter can also be manually read so the system also represents a future proof solution and allowing later development into a complete wireless package.

Software Description

The software supplied with the USB receiver module allows easy meter configuration and data management. The modules initial configuration;

  • Encryption enabling
  • Alarms enabling
  • Data transmission intervals set every 30 seconds
  • Data transferring days setup
  • Serial number and end user data association
  • Consumption history
  • Survey list e.g. transmission locations for a group of meters
  • Possibility to either detect a specific module, all of them, or only the ones listed in a survey list
  • Data export in CSV or XML format

Transmission Data

  • Serial number
  • Date of reading
  • Total water consumption in m3
  • Total water consumption over the last 13 months in m3 (optional)
  • Total backflow consumption in m3

Alarms and Warnings

  • Magnetic-fraud attempt
  • Attempted optical fraud or error of the optical receiver
  • Reverse flow
  • Low battery
  • Overload at Qmax for a predefined amount of time
  • Possible leakage

Configuration options

Remote data collection has two performance levels depending on the application.

Remote USB Device

Multiple wireless MBUS meters* transmit data up to 400m (in ideal conditions) directly to a mobile device or fixed PC via the USB receiver** and software package.

GPRS Transmitting Device

Multiple wireless MBUS meters* transmit data up to 400m (in ideal conditions) to a GPRS transmitter** that can be configured to retransmit the data to a mobile device or fixed PC using the GPRS network or by sending an SMS.

Wireless transmitting module

The transmitting module is a replaceable attachment for M-BUS ready meters with a typical battery life of 10 years in default configuration. It transmits a signal up to 400m in ideal conditions (See Guardian Apartments case study). Once fitted, any attempt to remove or tamper with the device is recorded in the data transmission and red flagged as are any attempts to reverse the meter while any reverse flow is recorded. Each module is paired with a specific meter and automatically recognised by the receiver module.

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Technical Data

  • Optimal working temperature: 0°C to +40 °C
  • Max/Min temperature resistance: -10°C to +55 °C
  • Power supply: Lithium battery
  • Battery life 10 years + 1 year of data storage in default configuration
  • Antifraud shield: Magnetic/optical
  • Minimum reading: 1 liter (single jet) 10 liters (multi jet)
  • Sensor reading: Infrared
  • Shielding rate: IP65
  • Working frequency: 867 MHz
  • Data transmission frequency: Programmable
  • Data transmission encryption: Optional
  • Type of reading: Monodirectional
  • Operational mode: Wireless MBUS T1 mode
  • Setup mode: Wireless MBUS T2 mode
  • Power transmission: ≤ 10mW

Wireless Receiver Module

Simply plug into a USB port on a portable device and start recording.

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Technical Data

  • Frequency: 867MHz
  • Transmission protocol: Wireless MBUS EN13757:4
  • Connection and power supply: USB Rubber antenna
  • Dimensions: 65x22x15mm
  • Protection: IP50
  • Range: up to 400 meters in ideal environmental conditions (See Guardian Apartments case study)

Wireless M-Bus Signal Repeater

The wireless M-BUS signal repeaters* receives data from multiple wireless MBUS meters and ‘re-bounce’ the signal up to 400m (in ideal conditions). Strategic positioning of multiple signal repeaters can be used to;

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  • Extend the range of the wireless meter module in order to reduce or eliminate the need for mobile data collection.
  • Connect geographically spread transmitters to a common receiver whether it is a USB receiver or GPRS transmitter.

Technical Data

  • Radio interface: Wireless Mbus EN 13757-4 868MHz
  • Antenna: 867 MHz integrated
  • Transmission power: 25mW
  • Power supply: Lithium battery 3.6V, replaceable
  • Battery duration: 3 years (depending on frequency of transmission of modules)
  • Dimensions: 155x83x55mm

M-Bus GPRS Transmitter

GPRS transmitter is a GPRS gateway that allows the sending of data received from the wireless transmitting modules through the GPRS or GSM networks. The device collects data via an integrated 868 MHz Wireless MBUS module and is easily configured using included software to send the collected data via email, SMS services or directly via a USB connection. The GPRS transmitter has enough memory to acquire data from up to 300 meters and utilizes the best low power technology for a battery life up to 5 years.

Technical Data

  • Radio Interface: Wireless MBUS compliance with EN 13757-4 868MHz.
  • GSM\GPRS: QuadBand 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Antenna: GSM e 867 MHz integrated
  • Minimum Rx sensitivity: 867MHz: -90 dBm
  • Power supply: Lithium Battery 3.6V replaceable
  • Battery Life: 5 Years (2 reading/month, 1 data sending/month)
  • Dimensions: 126 x 123 x 63mm
  • Configuration: with user-friendly configuration software
  • Configuration mode: local (USB), Remote (GPRS, SMS)
  • Fixing mode: wall mounting brackets
  • Extended temperature range: -20°C up to +60°C
  • Protection Degree: IP68

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M-Bus Ready Water Meters

Water meters come supplied pre-configured and MBUS ready with brass union connectors.

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15 and 20mm Single Jet GSD8 Series

GSD8 Single jet meters are dry dial and direct reading on 8 numerical rolls within a 360º rotating dial. They are available in either hot (up to 90° C) or cold (up to 30° C) water versions.

Technical Data

  • Manufacturing standard: 2004/22/CE (MID)
  • Maximum admissible pressure: 1600kPa
  • Minimum reading: 0.05L

25, 32, 40 and 50mm Multi Jet GSDX Series

GSDX Multi jet meters are dry dial and direct reading. They are available in either hot (up to 90° C) or cold (up to 30° C) water versions.

Technical Data

  • Manufacturing standard: 2004/22/CE (MID)
  • Maximum admissible pressure: 1600kPa
  • Minimum reading: 0.05L

Guardian Apartments 2013 Case Study

The Guardian Trust Building was one of Auckland's first high rise buildings, originally constructed between 1914 & 1918 from Kairuru marble and represents a very early example of Chicago-styled striped classical building. This Category 1 Historic Places Trust building was renovated in 2003 and converted into a 180 apartment unit complex.

The conversion included a centralised hot water system that was proportionally billed to each apartment. Not surprisingly, some occupants were dissatisfied that the billing was not linked to consumption and requested independent water metering be retrofitted.

Being largely steel and concrete construction with limited access it was decided BMeters ‘Hydrolink’ wireless water meter system was worthy of a trial installation. The trial would test how effective the wireless data collection would be within the long, narrow and winding corridors of the buildings eight floors and the readings would ultimately show the occupants had cause for concern.

Rohan MacMillan, from MacMillan Plumbing and Gas, randomly selected two apartments per floor and installed hot and cold MBUS ready meters with wireless transmitting modules. During the next two months, two readings were taken using the USB wireless receiver and a laptop computer. Data from 11 of the 32 meters was transmitted and received in the lobby of the building, while the remaining 21 meters could be received from the 4th floor lobby and corridor.

The readings taken from the random apartment selection immediately highlighted massive disparities in consumption ranging from 1m3 to 16m3 during the first months usage confirmed with a similar result from the following months reading. It didn’t take long for the building management to conclude the trial was an unbridled success and the remaining 164 apartments were given approval for the immediate installation of the BMeters Hydrolink system.