The Wattwatchers modus operandi of ‘thinking inside the box’ packs extraordinary capability into the Modbus enabled AuditorⓇ 6M+MB+2SW, with early opportunities to target solutions for electricity billing, HVAC and other building automation, and control/fleet orchestration of inverters for solar generation and battery storage.
NEW PRODUCT PROFILE: AUDITORⓇ 6M+MB+2SW
This is the most flexible Wattwatchers device yet.
The Modbus enabled A6M+MB+2SW began commercial life earlier this year as the anchor for our recently-introduced billing solution, the AuditorⓇ 6M+One, which bundles a cellular Wattwatchers device with a third-party NMI pattern-approved meter that is compliant for off-market trade in electricity.
Other high-potential use cases now being pursued by Wattwatchers, through strategic partnerships in Australia and Europe, include integration with:
Common utility smart meters, and also submetering solutions
Solar, battery and hybrid inverter systems, to ‘read’ and remotely download inverter logs, to provide remote control and tracking of inverter functions, and to enable over-the-air upgrades of inverter software
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to enable automation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and other intelligent building services
Modbus is a generic industrial communications protocol that is used around the world in building management and automation systems. It also is part of the SunSpec Alliance standard*, which provides a specification for communicating with solar power inverters and smart meters.
The A6M+MB+2SW has the ability to:
Monitor two 3-phase electrical loads in real-time, or up to six single-phase loads
Interface with a Modbus RTU** port
Provide two independent 100ma switched outputs to remotely control 1 or 2 single- or 3-phase loads
Send and receive data via the cloud using a 4G cellular uplink, and
Allow easy access to data and switching via the Wattwatchers API (open standard, RESTful interface)
In the case of the billing solution, the AuditorⓇ 6M+One, the Modbus RTU capacity has allowed the 4G-communicating Wattwatchers device to be connected to a non-communicating, DIN-mounted, Chinese-made compliant billing meter (CET brand), in both single-phase and 3-phase versions. A6M+One bundles are now being deployed for solar PPA and embedded networks use cases.
Wattwatchers is actively seeking additional strategic partnerships and integrations utilising the ultra-compact, highly-flexible and multi-functional A6M+MB+2SW. Please contact our business development team using the email address email@example.com
*SunSpec Modbus is an open standard, referenced in IEEE 154702018, that enables interoperability amongst DER system components. This Modbus based communication protocol conforms to the SunSpec Alliance standard. https://sunspec.org/ and https://sunspec.org/sunspec-modbus/
**Modbus RTU is an open, serial (RS-232 or RS-485) protocol derived from the Master/Slave architecture. It is a widely accepted protocol due to its ease of use and reliability. Modbus RTU is used extensively within Building Management Systems (BMS) and Industrial Automation Systems (IAS).