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flexnet meters? #60

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amitgandhinz opened this issue Jul 11, 2016 · 8 comments

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commented Jul 11, 2016

Hi

Thanks for this great software.

I was able to pull numbers from the gas meter, but i can't detect the Electric meter (FlexNet 530X), or the Water Meter (Neptune).

Has anyone been able to pull those numbers, either with this software or any other repo? Im guessing these need to be "woken up" to transmit data, but not sure how to do that.

Thanks

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commented Jul 11, 2016

Neptune meters to my knowledge are all designed to transmit at regular intervals, they don't require a wake-up signal. Try rtlamr -msgtype=r900 to listen to your Neptune meter.

FlexNet is an unsupported protocol.

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commented Aug 4, 2016

I still haven't been able to pull data from the Neptune Water Meter.

Interestingly, I don't see a transmitter of any kind on the water meter leaving me wondering if it is indeed smart. I would be surprised if it isn't since I live in a new construction community in GA (< 1 year old).

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commented Aug 4, 2016

You may need to contact your utility to find out what technology is used to read the meters (if any). Let me know if you find anything out about it.

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commented Oct 13, 2016

Has anyone been able to monitor a FlexNet 530X via any method? Are there any plans to do so?

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commented Oct 13, 2016

There is little or no documentation about Sensus' RF protocol for FlexNet meters and the only information I've been able to find about it suggests that it is encrypted. I neither have access to a meter that supports this protocol nor cooperation from a utility which has provisioned one that would be willing to provide the appropriate cryptographic key to decrypt received transmissions and read the meter.

In general utilities aren't shy about allowing their customers to read their meter if they have one of the various consumer products that can receive the protocol and are willing to provide a particular customer the appropriate key to read their meter.

Unfortunately I'm not one of those customers and it's usually not easy to obtain a meter for testing, particularly if you want one that is already provisioned so that it will transmit and so that I can know the key used to decrypt it's transmissions.

In short, very probably not going to happen.

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commented Sep 27, 2017

Just moved so I have one of these Flexnet 530x meters. The elec co, seems to be able to read directly from their office . Discussion with customer service indicates that the meters communicate using a "cell tower". maybe 3g communication?

Their web site allow me to download usage data . It is not exactly hourly, but quantized on even kwh useage (with a minimum 1 hr resolution. trying to make sense how to use the csv file for my solar analysis

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commented Jan 30, 2018

Bummer. I've got a Flexnet 530x, too. I was picking up data from scm meters in my area, but I couldn't find anything that correlated with my kWh. So then I searched and found this thread.

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commented Jul 10, 2018

Any updates on Sensus FlexNet meters data read?

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