Sep 2020 / by WANG PENG, XIAO XIANGNING, XIE BINGSHAN, SU XUEYUAN
Abstract: For households, water supply, power supply, pipeline gas and centralized heating are
necessaries to maintain the normal life of a family. For Chinese urban families, water, electricity, gas,
warm services are often provided by different government utility companies. Aimed at the shortage
of the manual measurement of the above mentioned services‘ consumptions, a new mechanism using
network metering devices is proposed in this paper. Based on the general network measurement
mechanism and through analysis, this paper proposes using meter communication network as the
public communication network of various metering devices, forming wireless mesh network by
metering devices, constituting a virtual private network by the power company’s network, and
accessing to metering network based on SCEP protocol and certificates of devices. Under this new
network measurement mechanism, a network routing optimization strategy, a data acquisition
protocol based on IPv6 and a mesh network management system are designed, and preliminary
experiments have been carried on. Experimental results show that the proposed mechanism can
realize functions through the network, including the control of multi-measuring devices, topology
discovery, data acquisition, fulfilling the multi-meter data acquisition system via network.
Keywords: Energy internet, four-in-one meters, wireless mesh network, virtual private network, SCEP.