Echelon has announced a new suite of products to support smart grid activities
It includes the introduction of an IP-based smart meter for the North American market that brings IP connectivity inside a meter for smart grid metering systems.“The new meter is a powerful, intelligent end-point for the smart grid and an integral part of Echelon’s enhancements to its Networked Energy Services (NES) smart metering infrastructure.”
The new NES Smart IP Meters combine three key elements of an intelligent grid infrastructure in a single ANSI standard-based meter – IP-based wide-area network (WAN) connection, extremely reliable power line-based communications, and neighborhood meter network management. The new meters can increase a utility’s installation flexibility and lower cost by allowing them to locate the backhaul connection for each neighborhood at the side of a single home.
With the NES System, backhaul providers such as T-Mobile North America supply and maintain the backhaul network and the meters utilize the existing low voltage power lines to provide high speed, reliable and secure neighborhood communications with no new network build-out. The new IP meters have an open interface designed to accept any IP-capable WAN card, such as GPRS, UMTS, LTE, CDMA, EV-DO, WiMAX®, fiber optic, DSL, and Wi-Fi® – giving utilities the ability to work with any mobile carrier or WAN service provider in North America.
The powerful data concentrator built into the NES Smart IP Meter serves as the intelligent hub for the neighborhood meter network by providing management services, including meter and smart device discovery, mesh communications management, and operations monitoring.
The intelligence provided by the NES Smart Meter is designed to enable and accelerate key smart grid applications including:
- Time of Use Metering;
- Load Profiling;
- Demand Metering;
- Power Quality Analysis and Verification;
- Prepaid Metering;
- Integration with Home Area Network via RF such as ZigBee; and
- Micro-generation/renewable energy metering (e.g., solar).
The new smart grid products include:
- software to support and manage deployments
- new data concentrators
- new meters as detailed above
- ecosystem – i.e. support for appliances, devices and meter components to ‘plug and play’ with the NES system
Press release about smart grid products
Press release specifically about the meters