San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 30, 2010 – System-wide enhancements have been announced for Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES), including a new generation of CT (current transformer) meter, enterprise smart metering network operating system software, downloadable smart meter enhancements, and updated system tools.
Nearly two million homes are connected to the smart grid using the NES system, making it one of the most widely deployed smart grid platforms used by utilities.
Comprising a family of highly integrated, advanced electronic electricity meters accessed via a web services-based network operating system over an IP networking infrastructure, the system provides utilities with a service enabling platform that includes a wealth of information about the status, operation and health of the grid that enables them to reduce operating costs while increasing service quality and customer satisfaction.
Enhancements cover key hardware and software products across the NES system. Product highlights include a new generation NES CT Meter with an optional expansion port, to enable partners within the NES ecosystem to provide applications and network extensions, either at the time of the initial smart meter installation, or anytime thereafter.
The new meter firmware enables meters to provide load profiling for heat meters, water meters, and gas meters connected to NES meters via M-bus per DIN 13757, allowing utilities to accurately profile usage from these devices and institute flexible pricing based on consumption.
The NES System Software provides a web services based network operating system for the smart grid. Enhancements to the system software include those for increased overall performance and reliability, more efficient messaging for higher scalability to support millions of meters with daily data collection.
“The new products and updates across the entire NES product line enable utilities to evolve their existing NES system-based smart networks to become extensive energy networks,” said Michael Anderson, Echelon’s senior vice president of NES sales and market development. “We are continuing to invest in our smart grid infrastructure to offer utilities the very best solution possible for their investment, one that will last years into the future and meet their changing needs.”