Collaboration on AMI-enabled in-home display


Kingston, ON, Canada and Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 26, 2010 – Energy conservation and demand management product manufacturer Aztech Associates Inc. and Elster have launched an in-home display (IHD) enabled by Elster’s EnergyAxis® system.

The in-home display communicates with smart meters through Elster’s EnergyAxis advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network, providing homeowners with current energy usage data. Aztech’s exclusive arched light bar provides at-a-glance notifications of time-of-use periods, while the easy-to-read screen displays accurate and detailed information with both graphics and text, featuring English, French or Spanish-language support.
“Aztech is proud to be one of Elster’s long standing technology collaborators,” said Geoff Salter, president and CEO of Aztech. “Our in-home display is targeted at families who want an easy-to-use tool that provides them with information that can be used to reduce their energy consumption.”

The two companies have performed joint field trials on the new in-home display for more than a year, and Aztech plans to make the product commercially available this spring.
“Energy conservation is one of the best ways consumers can reduce their utility costs and promote long term environmental sustainability,” said Mark L. Munday, president and CEO of Elster, North America. “Our collaboration with Aztech Associates is another example of Elster’s commitment to develop and deploy field-proven smart grid solutions that deliver real benefits to utilities and their consumers.”