CoPlaSM - Multi-standard communication platform for smart metering


CoPlaSM aims to realize a proof of concept of a multi-standard communication platform for smart metering applications. We want to validate it under realistic and challenging conditions.

We face a revolution in energy production and consumption. Decentralized renewable electricity production (e.g. solar panels) sharply increases, leading to a two-way electricity transport in the grid. A stable grid requires continuous monitoring based on smart metering, both in the grid infrastructure and at the consumer.

In CoPlaSM we build a highly innovative upgradeable multi-standard communication solution. This leads to a higher reliability in the adverse and time-varying conditions that are typical of the smart grid environment.

The multi-connectivity (wireless, cable, PLC) is a one-fit-all solution for the grid operator with:

  • shorter time-to-market
  • lower unit price
  • cheaper logistics
  • easier and uniform installation

One of the main challenges is to obtain a multi-standard module that can compete with single-standard dedicated solutions in terms of cost, performance and power consumption.


We will perform a stakeholder requirement analysis and organize brainstorm sessions with end-users to identify the affordances of smart metering in relation to smart living.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/01/2013 - 31/12/2014.

Staff involved

  • Jeroen Stragier

Financed by

    • iMinds