Automation technology corporation OMRON and semiconductor giant STMicroelectronics today announced the completion of the development of a smart gas flow sensor.
The OMRON/ST sensor solution, collaboratively developed by the two companies, claims that smart gas meters built around the solution will be smaller, less expensive and more power-efficient as compared to conventional gas meters.
"By enabling IT-based smart metering, this new technology will significantly contribute to energy saving," said Yoshio Sekiguchi, senior general manager of the Micro Devices Division of OMRON Corporation.
The announcement asserts that gas metering is moving from "conventional" to "smart". Without stating sources, the release also claims there are over 400 million conventional gas meters in the world, and major gas providers are willing to replace them with smart meters.
The gas flow sensor will not have to be configured to a certain type of gas at shipment and its dust-resistant nature complies with international gas meter standards.
Based on OMRON's micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS), the gas flow sensor will be made available in two models which differ in measurable flow range.
OMRON will begin sample shipments in November 2012.
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