Rate$aver ZigBee Smart Energy certified in-home display launched


Boston, MA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 8, 2009 – The Rate$aver™ ZigBee Smart Energy certified in-home display has been launched by LS Research, a product development company specializing in RF design.

Rate$aver serves as a wireless communications portal between utility companies and their customers. It provides reliable, wireless communication of consumption data from the utility meter into the home. With it, homeowners can now make more informed decisions about their energy usage, promoting energy conservation and helping electric utilities to reduce peak load demand.

Rate$aver is the first battery-powered, wireless graphical display employing the ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile, which supports pricing, security, simple metering and messaging clusters, and is interoperable with other ZigBee Smart Energy certified products including electric smart meters.

Rate$aver is based on Ember’s ZigBee Smart Energy Suite, which provides a fully integrated hardware and software platform. Features include the EM250 ZigBee System-on-Chip (SoC), EmberZNet PRO networking software, Smart Energy Certified application profile, Ember AppBuilder – a development tool for ZigBee Smart Energy, and Certicom elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) security software for ZigBee Smart Energy.

Rate$aver provides an advanced radio architecture and a 100 mW power amplifier that eliminates the need for repeater devices in most homes. The device also employs Ember’s bootloader capability enabling easy implementation of software updates.

“With our long-standing experience in wireless communications, we wanted to develop the Rate$aver on ZigBee Smart Energy because of ZigBee’s leadership position in the market,” said Peter Mayhew, director of western sales for LS Research. “The decision to add Rate$aver to our existing portfolio of products and services was driven by customer demand for ZigBee Smart Energy-based in-home displays.”