The control core is based on an industrial mono-boardcomputer with the Linux operating system. Via its communication interface, the concentrator ensures connection to meters, reads the data from them and controls them. Data collection tasks are programmed and run automatically according to an internal calendar. Data obtained are processed, stored ininternal storage and provided to the master system – HES. The key functionality is the support of direct HES access to individual electricity meters. The data concentrator may communicate with hundreds of electricity meters. The specific number is determined by the extent of data collection and the communication technology used. The modular structure allows for the implementation of new hardware as well as protocol modules.
The data concentrator (further also as CAM65) is a fully programmable device used in automated meter management (AMM) systems and used to collect data from meters.