In our days, most of the systems are heading towards automation. The reason
of this process is that in most of the cases – exploiting the efficiency of digital
systems – time, money and energy can be saved. Metering is advancing in this
direction as well, and that is the reason Automatic Meter Reading systems are
spreading. In the case of water as well as energy sources like electricity, gas or
hot water, metering these in an automated system has many benefits over
conventional methods. The primary benefits are speed and precision. Applying
such systems the user has the possibility to track, analyze his or her
consumption and even to check if his or her billing is happening properly.
This document is dealing with the radio communication of these systems and
also introduces the design, implementation and testing of a radio communication
protocol, that is appropriate to be used in AMR systems. The design was based
on previous review of techniques and methods used by existing systems.