Bloomington, MN, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — December 22, 2009 – Meter data management system provider Ecologic Analytics claims to be among the first MDMS providers to deliver a solution with native interfaces based on the IEC 61968 Part 9 standard.
The interfaces support the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) smart grid interoperability requirements and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) obligations. By taking a strong Common Information Model (CIM)-based approach for its native interface design, the Ecologic MDMS is directly aligned with the smart grid requirements established by NIST and the DOE.
“NIST issued a broad-based plan this fall to bring end-to-end interoperability to the smart grid through the use of standards,” said David Hubbard, co-founder and chief technology officer of Ecologic Analytics. “By proactively supporting these standards within our MDMS, our customers receive not only greater end-to-end interoperability and streamlined options for immediate and future integration, but also off-the-shelf compliance with Smart Grid Investment Grant programs.”
The recently ratified IEC 61968-9 standard is responsible for two distinct areas of application – meter reading and meter control.
The new interfaces within the Ecologic MDMS also enable seamless operation with Home Area Network (HAN) devices. Using the meter identifier or service point identifier to which the HAN device is associated, the MDMS will route the proper commands to provision and de-provision in-home devices and to send messages, pricing information or demand response and load control commands to the HAN devices.
In addition, the Ecologic MDMS provides robust support for the ZigBee Smart Energy Profile standard being deployed by many personal energy management providers today, enabling consumers to participate in the pricing events and utilities to reduce peak loads and preserve the environment through increased efficiency and execution of energy conservation programs.