AMI platform for plug-and-play BPL networks


Lexington, MA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 25, 2007 – MU Net, Inc, a provider of IP and other standards-based advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions, and Corinex Communications, a powerline manufacturing company, have executed a partnership agreement on the development and co-marketing of an integrated AMI platform that is specifically designed for plug-and-play broadband over powerline networks. Under the terms of the agreement, muNet will integrate Corinex 200Mbps powerline communication modules with its existing WebGate IP Interface technology, and together the companies will deliver the first commercially available Broadband over Powerline AMI platform.

“Executing this agreement follows our strong tradition of delivering best-in-class solutions to our customers and integration partners worldwide,” noted Brian Donnelly, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Corinex. “Given the prominent roles that utility applications, specifically AMI, can play in the deployment of BPL technology, it was crucial that we align ourselves with an AMI partner to provide connectivity between Corinex BPL Access networks, the meter, and Corinex In-Home Powerline networks. muNet’s established track record in the design and deployment of IP-based metering technologies is second to none.”

As a result of this partnership, utilities will have access to meters with Powerline technology ‘under-the-glass’ that will become individual nodes on their BPL network, enabling advanced metering applications such as remote disconnect/reconnect, on-demand reads and the ability to control devices inside the home for demand side management. The BPL-enabled meters will also act as repeaters in Corinex BPL Access networks to provide broadband services to homes and commercial customers. muNet’s WebGate IP Interface meters are currently installed at a number of North American utilities deploying Corinex’s BPL network technology. In addition to continuing integration and optimization of products for the North American utility market, the agreement also calls for the development of a metering platform suitable for international deployments.

Built around standards-based communications technologies including IP and 802.15.4/ZigBee, muNet’s WebGate AMI technologies are specifically designed to enable utilities to leverage any multifunctional broadband communications infrastructure to effect advanced metering applications. “We are tremendously pleased to be partnering with Corinex in this effort and look forward to helping contribute to their already impressive and well rounded product portfolio.” said Sean Doyle, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at muNet. “We believe this agreement reflects the potential that broadband over powerline possesses in AMI and intelligent grid deployments, as well the desire by utilities to implement standards-based advanced metering technologies.”