Certifications
ISO 14001 is a global standard for defining the activities how to establish effective Environmental Management Systems (EMS). Its objective is to identify aspects in the Company that impacts the environment and defines objectives for improvement. By certifying to this standard, organizations make a firm commitment not only to comply with all applicable regulations/requirements but to continuously implement new projects to protect and enhance the environment.
The most popular standard in the world (more than 1 million certificates), ISO 9001:2008 is focused on continual improvement of processes to increase market share, reduce costs, and handle risks effectively. PowerCom has adopted ISO 9001:2008 as the Quality Management Systems framework for monitoring and improving performance.
KEMA Type Test Certificates are issued only if a component has been successfully tested in accordance with the relevant internationally accepted standard. For utilities KEMA Type Test Certificates are important documents to ensure proper operation and technical excellence of the component purchased. KEMA Laboratories, based in the Netherlands, are well-known and its certificates are very well accepted by grid companies all over the world. Components are tested to the latest IEC 62052-11 standard in combination with IEC 62053-11, 62053-21, 62053-22 and 62053-23 as well as to the European (MID harmonized) standards EN50470-1, EN50470-2 and EN50470-3. These tests are carried out under accreditation in accordance with ISO 17020/17025. The relevant tests include: mechanical requirements, insulation properties, accuracy requirements, influence quantities, electrical requirements, electromagnetic compatibility, and the effect of climatic environments.
The Standard Transfer Specification (“STS”) has become recognised as the only globally accepted open standard for prepayment systems. It is a secure message system ensuring the appropriate encryption key management for protecting the security of prepayment transactions of utilities. STS is centered on the information transferred between a point-of-sale and a pre-payment meter - this includes the manner in which the vending station encodes the token with the information, and the way in which the meter interprets the information. STS provides the facility of generating (e.g. credit transfer) tokens which can only be used by the intended meter, and furthermore in the case of credit tokens, can only be used once in that meter.
The MDM has the necessary security measures such as firewalls and VeriSign security measures to prevent unauthorized network access from outside the MDM environment. A changing entrance key prevents automatic “key” generation machines to break into the system.
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