Texas Instruments has unveiled a development board for smart meters that includes support for NFC.
The Smart Meter Board "is a unique modular and scalable environment that lets developers include multiple wired and wireless communication protocols including power line communication (PLC), near field communication (NFC), Wi-Fi, sub-1GHz and 2.4GHz ZigBee Smart Energy Profile (SEP) on e-metering and pre-payment metering applications to showcase automatic meter reading (AMR) and automatic metering infrastructure (AMI) systems," says TI. NFC functionality is included to "introduce options for pre-payment of energy."
"Developers using the Smart Meter Board development platform benefit from TI's robust smart grid software libraries when implementing key communication standards and typical utility meter functions. The software libraries, combined with TI's Smart Meter Board, let developers choose which development tool matches their project needs."