Digi provides wireless communication infrastructure for Better Place electric vehicle infrastructure


Minnetonka, MN, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 10, 2011 – Digi International has announced that Better Place is using the company’s TransPort® 6410 high speed cellular router to connect its electric vehicle (EV) docking stations to the electric car network in Israel.

This enables energy demand management capabilities by allowing utilities to minimize charging requirements during peak electricity consumption hours.

“Substantial investments are being made in technology, manufacturing, infrastructure and market development to drive EV innovation and consumer demand,” said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Digi International. “These changes will affect both how we drive and how we interact with the smart grid. New communication infrastructure is necessary to establish the equivalent of the 20th century gas station, and with our wireless communication technology we are excited to help make mass EV deployment a reality.”

In other news Digi’s ERT/Ethernet gateway has successfully completed the testing under the Itron ChoiceConnect ERT Receiver Logo program and is the first product to receive logo certification. Under the program, QualityLogic tests the compatibility between Itron’s ChoiceConnect meter messages and devices from vendors that have licensed Itron reading technology, certifying interoperability.

With this ERT/Ethernet gateway, smart grid technology can be brought to utility customers who use meters that are enabled with the Itron ERT radio technology. The integrated certified Itron ERT radio receiver enables metering data to be shared with the software application from the utility, energy service provider or consumer via the homeowners’ networking/IP connection to the internet, which can then be dynamically analyzed and presented to the customer to help identify areas to optimize energy use.