Dallas, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 27, 2008 – HEMS Technology will release a home energy conservation mesh network as a demand response and demand side management solution that uses open standards with easy-to-install and implement PC hardware and software. The HEMS-DR™ home product, which consists of a wireless power monitoring network, measures electricity consumption, controls and schedules appliance use, and determines energy efficiency levels (compared to Energy Star ratings) of each appliance. It will be available in the U.S. in May 2008, with the launch in Europe scheduled for later in the year.
"We’re excited to provide a long-awaited solution to the issue of blackouts and power shortages for residential and business energy users," said Bill Melendez, CEO and founder of HEMS Technology. "Our system is designed to work closely with the electric utility’s initiative for demand response/demand side management and provide a means for homeowners and utilities to work together in solving electricity shortages within their communities by reducing energy use."
A typical home produces twice the amount of air pollution annually as does a single car. The standby power of electronics in appliances alone each year wastes the equivalent output of 18 power plants of electricity. Americans could shrink energy bills annually by more than $100 billion and eliminate as much greenhouse gas pollution as is produced by 17 million cars just by turning appliances off when not in use.
HEMS’ home energy conservation solution is a non-intrusive and convenient way to turn those appliances off. The HEMS-DR home product, which consists of a wireless power monitoring network, measures electricity consumption, controls and schedules appliance use, and determines energy efficiency levels (compared to Energy Star ratings) of each appliance. It uses a USB Stick radio for personal computer connection along with Windows XP™ compliant software. The entire network is easily installed with ‘plug and forget’™ power monitors that control each appliance.
For 24 hour monitoring, the HEMS 2000™ TinyPC™ is used as the network controller and data logger and can interface by WiFi or Bluetooth to a home PC, Bluetooth-enabled cellular phone, or integrated into other home networks utilizing the 802.15.4 protocol. It is designed as a web server for intranet (internal home network) and Internet services.
HEMS Technology has partnered with OpenRF™ to develop the home wireless mesh network. The OpenRF design allows for easy integration of products by other manufacturers of home electronics without requiring any exclusivity of intellectual property or extensive R&D of the radio network.
The company has also partnered with Bias Power, LLC., by integrating their single chip AC to DC module, designed for use globally as a power converter, making the HEMS product line adaptable to the world’s electrical systems.