M-Bus versus Pulse for water and thermal metering

Updated on February 11th, 2021

Understand the benefits of M-Bus meters over Pulse for your water and thermal metering projects.

Choosing M-Bus meters early in the design phase for your multi-residential, institutional or commercial metering projects can save headaches (and risk) down the road.

Create greater value and less work:

M-Bus delivers savings:  90% reduction in commissioning time and a 75% cost saving in wire, conduit and installation.  Be confident in your system with error and alarm features on all meters.

Pulse meters are labour intensive to install; needing more time required for commissioning and a requirement for labelling of wires resulting in a 75% cost increase in wire, conduit and installation labour. With no alarm features, pulse meters deliver less value and carry more risk.

Download our M-Bus vs. Pulse Fact Sheet.

Take the guesswork out of water and thermal metering


Key benefits of M-Bus

  • No data loss and guaranteed security of billing data
  • Plug and Play with easy troubleshooting
  • No service life restriction
  • Tamper-proof

Key risks of Pulse meters

  • All data lost without power
  • Increases in equipment cost due to pulse collection
  • No remote troubleshooting
  • Not tamper-proof

Thermal meters

Key benefits of M-Bus

Power supplied through M-Bus, eliminating need for batteries

  • No data loss and guaranteed security of billing data
  • Tamper-proof

Key risks of Pulse meters

  • No ability to troubleshoot offsite
  • Data compromised without power
  • Forced manual verification and commissioning
  • Susceptible to human error
  • Not tamper-proof

Click here for our M-Bus vs. Pulse Fact Sheet.

We’ve got deep expertise in all kinds of metering projects. If you have questions about M-Bus, Pulse or other metering considerations we’d be happy to help. Contact us today for more information.


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