LINZ STROM selects Echelon as strategic supplier for smart grid infrastructure


September 22, 2010 – Echelon Corporation, a leading provider of smart grid infrastructure solutions, today announced that Austrian electric utility LINZ STROM has exercised an option to purchase an additional 100,000 Echelon Networked Energy Services (NES) smart meters over a three-year period as a result of the success it has had with an initial deployment of the system.

"We chose the NES System three years ago because it was the only solution that was designed to make the grid itself more intelligent and capable," said Friedrich Eidenberger, CEO of LINZ STROM. "Our high expectations have been met and exceeded with the Echelon NES System and we are delivering smart grid benefits now to our customers. It not only gives us the most advanced communications and control system on the market for meters and other devices, it has proven to be a true foundation for the smart grid — allowing us to expand our services to customers, increase the value and benefit customers derive from us, and significantly lower our operating expenses."

Eidenberger continued, "In the intervening three years, no other system has been able to match the reliability, flexibility, and expandability of Echelon’s NES System."

LINZ STROM has been recognized as a smart grid innovator for its advanced metering infrastructure rollout. Ubitronix, a NES value-added reseller and strategic partner of LINZ STROM, is helping to build the overall energy management infrastructure to control electricity meters and other meter types via the M-Bus extension port on the NES meters, as well as to command load control devices, in-home devices and city streetlights based on their modern and field proven Unified Intelligent Energy Management (UIEM) software suite.

"LINZ STROM is truly a forward-looking utility. They are far ahead of other utilities in their commitment to install a future-proof smart grid infrastructure," said Christoph Schaffer, Ubitronix’s CEO. "LINZ STROM has seen the benefits of our infrastructure approach and is leveraging that infrastructure to make the most of its investment and to extend new, innovative services to its customers."

LINZ STROM’s NES-based smart grid system includes residential demand response, electricity, gas and water meter reading, streetlight monitoring and control, and direct command and control of specific in-home devices with permission of the consumer. All data collection and command and control are done over the single NES infrastructure, eliminating the redundant infrastructure and inherent cost and complexity of competing solutions that solely utilize RF mesh communications.

"We view LINZ STROM’s decision to standardize on Echelon’s smart grid infrastructure solution as proof positive of another successful implementation and reinforcement of our leadership position in the market," said Michael Anderson, Echelon’s senior vice president of NES sales and market development. "The solution as delivered by our partner Ubitronix has proven to exceed the needs of the utility and we’re excited by the expansion of the project."

Echelon’s NES technology is used by utilities worldwide, including in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Echelon recently announced system-wide updates to the NES System, and the Echelon Control System (ECoS) a new open software platform for intelligent distributed control of the smart grid.