For anti-tampering, it is common to try to detect the presence of a strong magnet. In this section, we will cover the use of hall sensors for low-power detection of strong magnetic fields in three dimensions. Details on our magnetic tamper detection reference design, TIDA-00839, will be provided as well as some of the design considerations that were kept in mind when creating this reference design.
In this section, we will cover how to harden a meter against these magnetic tamper attacks by using shunts for current sensors. For poly-phase implementations, I will go over how to use isolated delta sigma modulators to add the necessary isolation to use shunt current sensors and create magnetically immune poly-phase energy measurement systems. The TIDA-00601 and TIDA-01094 reference designs, which show how to implement a poly-phase isolated shunt measurement system, will be discussed as well as the associated AMC1304 high-side power supplies used in these designs.
Ultrasonic sensing techniques have been popular in smart water meters because the technology avoids any moving parts which are prone to degrade over the lifetime of the product. The MSP430FR6047 microcontroller (MCU) family takes ultrasonic sensing solutions to next level of performance delivering <25ps of accuracy, detection of low flow rates <1 liter/hour and high precision of <5ps.
PT100/500/1000 Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTDs) are widely used in grid infrastructure and factory automation applications where high precision temperature measurement is often required. Technical requirements include either 20 mK precise Differential Temperature Measurement (DTM) for heat and cold meters from 0 to 180°C or better than 400 mK precision over the full range of -200 to 850°C for industrial sensor transmitters.
The TMP116 digital precision temperature sensor for the -55 to +125ºC range achieves higher accuracy than the Class AA PT sensor with a 1-point calibration. A small PCB including TI's TPD1E10B06 or TPD1E04U04 protection devices can be sealed into a RTD metal tube and meet the EN 61000-4-2 and -4-4 levels of ESD protection. The 64-bit internal EEPROM inside TMP116 stores user defined calibration data into the digital temperature sensor, simplifying integration with application MCUs, such as MSP430FR6047, FR6989 or CC13xx/26xx wireless MCU families.
Shunt sensors are rapidly replacing current transformers as the preferred current sensing solution for electricity meters(e-meters) around the world.
This section covers what is meter tampering and why is this a problem for utility providers. It also covers the advantages of shunt current sensors. In addition, it introduces the isolated modulator and isolated metrology AFE architectures for adding isolation to shunts.
For both isolated modulator and isolated metrology AFE architectures, high-side power supplies are needed for each phase. In this section, the different high-side power supply options that are available are discussed, which include cap-drop power supplies, isolated DC/DC power supplies with external transformers, as well as isolated DC/DC power supplies with transformers integrated.
In this section, the isolated metrology AFE architecture will be discussed. The software and hardware design considerations for this architecture will be discussed. In addition, the TIDA-01550 isolated metrology AFE reference design will also be discussed.
In this section, the isolated modulator architecture will be discussed. The software and hardware design considerations for this architecture will be discussed. In addition, various isolated modulator designs will also be discussed and compared.
Both isolated modulator and isolated metrology AFE architectures have their advantages with respect to each other. Depending on system requirements, one architecture may be more feasible than the other. This section compares the two isolated shunt sensing architectures and discusses which architecture is best for different system requirements.
In this section, a summary of the entire “Polyphase Current Measurement with Isolated Shunt Sensors” training module would be covered. Links will be provided for the reference designs that were discussed during this training series.
In this training series, we demonstrate how to use the PRU-ICSS subsystem on a Sitara processor to interface between multiple SAR ADCs using SPI.
IPv6-based communications networks are becoming the standard choice in industrial markets such as smart meters and grid automation. These 6LoWPAN-based mesh networks address key concerns such as vendor interoperability, long-distance connectivity, security and reliability. This training will cover system- and software-level deep-dives on new RF 6LoWPAN mesh solutions, which implement open-source based 6LoWPAN mesh stacks on top of the frequency hopping based TI-15.4 stack.
Over the last few years, the industry has been moving from mechanical to fully electronic meters. We have seen more and more functionalities such as metrology with ultrasonic technology, leak detection with audio patterns, communication with low power and long range radio being added to smart meters. These new functionalities allow utilities to deliver new services such as condition-based maintenance and remote monitoring of meters, which lead to efficient management of the network and better customer experience.
Anti-tamper Techniques to Thwart Attacks on Smart Meters--Introduction: What is Meter Tampering and Why do Utility Companies Care about it