GE is sharing the wealth – between BACnet/IP and Modbus TCP. The company just announced the Multilin EPM 6010, a new revenue-class power meter that can communicate using both of those protocols.
BACnet is best known in building automation projects. It can integrate HVAC, lighting, elevators and other devices, to better control energy usage and costs. The EPM 6010 boasts accurate and timely energy use data, allowing the automation system to better respond to changes in demand. It can also deliver access to 40 predefined BACnet objects, which basically means that the meter integrates really well into the automation system.
As an added bonus, the meter has a web interface, so users can track energy usage from any device with a web browser. It also has the Modbus TCP interface, which permits interoperability with HMI software, such as Multilin EnerVista Viewpoint Monitoring.
According to GE, the EPM 6010 meter can deliver true RMS multifunction measurements, such as voltage, current, power, frequency and 0.2 percent energy accuracy in compliance with modern IEC and ANSI accuracy standards.