New gateway supports communication in in-home devices


Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 3, 2006 – Cellnet Technology, Inc., provider of wireless fixed data communication networks for the utility industry, demonstrated a prototype of its UtiliNet® ZigBee™ Gateway that will support two-way communication and control for ZigBee-enabled in-home devices at the Smart Metering West Coast conference, held in San Francisco recently.

The ZigBee alliance is an association of companies working together to enable cost-effective, wirelessly networked monitoring and control products, based on an open global standard. Cellnet UtiliNet networks support distribution automation, SCADA and advanced metering infrastructure applications at over 200 utilities in North America. The company is developing the UtiliNet ZigBee Gateway to leverage this installed communications infrastructure.

Energy consumers supported with the Gateway and an in-home network of ZigBee-enabled devices will be equipped to automate their participation in demand response programs with utility services providers. Utilities will in turn tailor programs for customers who have a combination of critical and non-critical peak load devices in their homes.

Cellnet is preparing for pilot testing and will announce further product information in Q4 2006.