The Cashpower Power-Rail PLC is a single-phase 80Amp keypad-based, split prepayment meter in a DIN rail-mount housing, using Power Line Carrier (PLC) communications between the meter and the customer interface unit. The meter uses the standard PLC customer interface unit which is common to the Cashpower Gemini PLC and Three Phase PLC products.
The meter is typically installed in a pole-top enclosure or secure street kiosk and the small size of the product means a smaller street kiosk can be used. As with the Cashpower Gemini PLC The split prepayment meter consists of two parts, the meter and the customer interface unit.
Communication between the meter and the customer interface unit is by means of PLC communication using existing household wiring. No additional communication wires are required.
The customer interface unit is a compact unit with a user-friendly keypad and display. It may be installed in any convenient location in the consumer’s home where there is an electrical socket outlet.
The prepayment meter contains all critical metering, number decryption and load control functionality. It operates independently and is immune to any form of tampering on the customer interface unit.
The meter is usually installed in a secure, locked enclosure, typically a pole-top enclosure. It is outside the consumer’s home to facilitate easy inspection by the utility at any time and to reduce the opportunity of fraud by tampering.