Elster demonstrates ZigBee interoperability with partnering companies


Victor Sitton, Vice
President Product
Marketing, Elster
Integrated Solutions
Raleigh, NC and San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 1, 2008 – Elster Integrated Solutions (EIS), part of Elster Group, a provider of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and integrated metering and utilization solutions to the gas, electricity and water industries, has successfully demonstrated ZigBee product interoperability with participating partner companies using the ZigBee Smart Energy Profile.

The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. It has recently completed the ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile, which Elster is using in its EnergyAxis® System AMI solution. ZigBee Smart Energy offers utility companies a global open standard for implementing secure, easy-to-use wireless Home Area Networks (HAN) for managing energy.

"We are excited to have Elster’s active participation in the ZigBee Alliance," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "The ZigBee products Elster and its partners are developing are important components to the portfolio of AMI connected HAN solutions. ZigBee technology enables Elster to offer its customers even more options for expanding Elster’s EnergyAxis System into the customer premise to facilitate innovative demand response and energy efficiency applications."

Participation in the ZigBee Alliance gives Elster and its partners the opportunity to offer ZigBee certified products for use in HAN solutions. Elster successfully demonstrated interoperability testing with its EnergyAxis System and partnering companies, including Comverge, Energate, LS Research and Riga Development.

"Elster’s EnergyAxis System is the most widely deployed AMI system in the world utilizing a true two-way radio frequency mesh network," said Victor Sitton, vice president of product marketing for Elster Integrated Solutions. "Elster continues its leadership position in the industry with successful large-scale, field-proven AMI deployments, and will similarly continue to lead in delivering innovative solutions in home area networking. We are proud to be an active participant in the ZigBee Alliance and we look forward to continuing to deliver innovation for our customers by bringing more ZigBee Smart Energy devices into the market."