‘Smart Grid Now’ bundles to enable utilities to engage customers in energy use


Minnetonka, MN, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 8, 2011 – The concept of “Smart Grid Now” bundles has been introduced by Digi International as an easy and cost effective solution for utilities to conduct an energy management pilot program and offer a broad range of new energy efficiency services to their customers.

The bundles, which start at $2,500 for 25 users, include the technology and infrastructure necessary to conduct a pilot program in areas with advanced meter reading (AMR) or advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) networks in place.

“Utilities are faced with numerous regulatory and internal business issues when running a smart grid pilot program,” explained Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing at Digi International. “Our Smart Grid Now bundles make it easy for utilities to take the next step in deployment and engage consumers in real-time energy decisions.”
“Smart Grid Now” bundles allow utilities to offer a broad range of demand side management services with or without smart meter deployments. Two configurations are available including the Smart Energy (SE) bundle for AMI networks and the AMR Plus bundle. Both bundles include 25 ConnectPort® Smart Energy Gateways, iDigi® cloud service and iPhone and Android applications. The AMR Plus bundle includes an additional 25 ERT/Ethernet Bridges which make real-time AMR/ERT metering data available to an energy service provider via broadband. The ERT products enable online access to gas, water and electric metering data from Itron’s widely deployed ERT meters.

The bundles allow customers to create an extended grid. The extended grid then becomes the starting point for a home area network (HAN) that can be joined by smart energy thermostats, load controllers, appliances, in-home displays and other devices. Consumers can access energy usage information via Google PowerMeter as well as Digi’s iPhone and Android Energy Day Trader applications. Smart thermostats can be controlled remotely via the same iPhone and Android applications.

Utilities are also able to connect their customers to a broad range of Digi X-Grid partner solutions and support ZigBee Smart Energy certified thermostats from Carrier, Energate, Computime and Radio Thermostat Company of America.