How to prepare for a successful electrical meter

How to prepare for a successful electrical meter installation
This post provides a checklist of pre-installation requirements that must be taken care of
before the meter installation date (electrical meters).
1. Get your labels right
Electrical installations are generally the result of original installations combined with a
number of changes and upgrades made over the years to accommodate site expansion or
new business requirements. Subsequently, electrical wiring is very often poorly documented.
Labeling associates electrical circuits and electrical loads fed from such circuits. For example,
a circuit may be labeled ‘Compressor 1’ or ‘MCCB 1’, which is self-contained and clear, but a
circuit may also be labeled ‘Kitchen’ or ‘West wing G.S.’, for which the association is unclear
(does this circuit feed everything in the kitchen including ventilation, light, sockets etc?).
Inconsistent labeling should be identified and fixed during the project proposal stage. If this
was not done we recommend that the labeling of the circuits that will be monitored at
installation date are verified prior to installation, to avoid installation to be lengthened or
postponed and to prevent measurements to be misleading.
Make sure that the circuits you want monitored are correctly labeled
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2. Organise your meter supply
Most 3-phase electrical meters will be fed from a Type C 6AMP 3P MCB, possibly wired behind
a 3P isolator, to supply the meter with power and voltage references. Neutral and Ground
lines are generally needed depending on the electrical system (Wye/Delta).
Please note that the MCB must be fed from the same transformer as the circuits that will be
monitored by the meter. This is to ensure that the correct voltage reference is used with the
current measurements.
Install breakers to supply your meters
It is important to get the MCB wired before installation date as its wiring may require the
distribution board to be shut down for a few minutes.
3. Deploy and test your Internet points
Unless GPRS/3G routers are used, network points (cat5, cat5e, cat6) must be provided at the
location where meters will be deployed. These network points must provide Internet access
when plugged to the meters or to a data concentrator (e.g. Wattics Octopus Gateway).
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Provide Internet access at the meter location
Very often network points end up being deployed on the installation date, in parallel to the
meter installation. While it is usually faster to pull cat5 cables from the closest server room or
network patch panel back to the meter room, it may happen that some unexpected delays
occur due to unavailability of the IT staff or complex firewall configuration. We therefore
recommend that the network points are deployed prior to the installation to avoid any delay
on installation date, and to signal any specific network configuration requirements (static IP
address, MAC address registration, ports to be opened for outward data communication, etc)
that may require specific meter or data concentrator configuration.
Flag early any IT requirement
When possible, we ask for a network point with DHCP enabled, meaning that the meter
or data concentrator will automatically setup Internet access by obtaining its local IP address
and associated network information through the service called Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol (DHCP).
For sites where DHCP cannot be enabled and where network settings must be manually set
for each metering device, we ask the IT department or IT contractor to provide the following
information:
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LAN Subnet mask
LAN default gateway IP address
Static IP address for each meter and data concentrator
The meters’ and data concentrators’ MAC addresses can also be made available on request
prior to installation via support@wattics.com.
Please contact us at support@wattics.com if you have any question related to your preinstallation requirements.
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