Strategic collaboration offers smart grid solutions


Oleg Logvinov,
President & CEO,
Piscataway, NJ, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 16, 2007 – Arkados, known as ‘the HomePlug® Applications Company’, and MainNet Communications, Ltd., a provider of broadband over powerline (BPL) communications solutions, have entered into a strategic collaboration to create commercial hardware and software solutions for smart grid applications. The two companies plan to jointly develop applications to improve the reliability and efficiency of electrical grids, connect consumer electronic devices over power lines, enable energy-saving initiatives, and deliver broadband content to homes and offices.

Combining MainNet’s unique layer 2 system with Arkados’ core technology, the planed applications will offer easy and seamless access to Internet-based services for the consumer over the existing electrical grid, while also acting as a window into energy savings by offering Command and Control energy applications. These applications help to save operational costs through energy conservation, and could contribute to a greener environment.

This collaboration represents an evolutionary step in an approach that provides utility companies with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions, and consumers with access to broadband communication services. Thus, it meets with the US national policy to support the modernization of the electricity transmission and distribution system to incorporate digital information and control technology, and to share real-time pricing information with electricity customers to achieve advanced smart grid and continual environmental improvement in the production and distribution of electricity (Smart-Grid Facilitation Act of 2007).

"MainNet found in Arkados a strong technology partner with the same vision of what powerline communications technology can achieve," said Joe Marsilii, CEO of MainNet. "Using Arkados’ HomePlug chips with our BPL smart repetition mechanism, utility companies will get a future proof, easy to install, cost effective and secured smart grid system. Concurrently, this scenario enables easy ways for consumers to access on-demand broadband services, which will help to further realize the vision of the connected home."

"Arkados is very impressed with the rich collection of functions that MainNet’s Smart-Grid systems enable," said Oleg Logvinov, president and CEO of Arkados. "Not only do they have an extraordinary portfolio of solutions that detect, measure, and report on energy use, but they have added the additional valuable component of interaction with the consumer. Their solutions enable consumer to be actively involved in energy saving, while using that same broadband communication channel for traffic updates, weather reports, stock quotes, and entertainment options. By bridging connected devices with connected services, Arkados and MainNet are moving toward implementing the vision that our companies share."

Broadband powerline communications technology enables an AMI for improved smart grid applications, including demand response and demand-side management for more efficient use of energy resources, detecting power outages, tampering and theft, load balancing, and the integration of "smart" appliances and consumer devices. All are designed to achieve intelligent grid and maximized revenues for utility companies worldwide.