Smart meters for Russian energy users


Frits Bruggink,
Senior Vice-President
Utility Solutions
San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 31, 2007 – Echelon Corporation, a provider of networking technology that is used to manage and reduce energy consumption, today announced that ENERGOAUDITCONTROL (EAC), a company specializing in the creation and installation of large-scale metering solutions, will deploy Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering system in Russia. In the first phase of the project approximately 90,000 NES meters and associated software and infrastructure will be deployed to homes and small businesses across Russia, with the potential for up to 275,000 additional meters and associated software and infrastructure in 2008 and 2009. This is an important case of large-scale technical cooperation between leading Russian and American engineering companies.

"Our project demanded a market-leading solution that could meet our unique combination of technical, business, and timing needs," said Selvian Seu, EAC’s chief executive officer. "Technically, given the large number of meters we anticipate operating in our system over time and the vast distances covered by our project – literally spanning the entire county – we require a system that can both scale in size and scale over distance. The NES system has the proven capability for both. From a business perspective we are looking to implement a next-generation set of features that goes far beyond automated meter reading; the NES system brings us a market-leading platform. And we are looking to deploy the system and deliver value quickly. Because the NES system exposes its functionality to our IT staff as industry-standard web services we can quickly and cost-effectively integrate and develop applications and meet our aggressive deployment schedule."

"The ability of the NES system to meet the extremely complex service and management goals of this project demonstrates the flexibility and power of our solution," said Frits Bruggink, Echelon’s senior vice-president, utility solutions. "EAC plans to leverage the multi-service nature of the NES system to deliver a single, integrated infrastructure that can help align the customer’s delivery and billing systems, provide better forecasting of consumption, and better balance the load across the entire system and by doing so to lower cost while increase service quality and reliability."

Echelon’s NES system provides an open, bidirectional, and extensible infrastructure that enables a wide range of utility applications. The system offers a comprehensive set of energy services, including two-way automated meter reading; time-of-use pricing; net metering; prepaid metering; remote electrical disconnect and reconnect; service limiting; distribution system asset optimization; electricity outage detection and restoration management; blackout and brownout elimination; comprehensive revenue protection; on-demand and schedule-based direct load control; power quality measurement; and extensive tamper detection features.

Based on open best-of-breed standards, the NES system is designed for the global market and has been certified for use in over 15 countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.