Technology partnership to allow utilities and their customers to more actively manage in-home energy consumption


Dan Gittleman,
CEO, OpenPeak
Denver, CO and Boca Raton, FL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 16, 2009 – A partnership has been entered into between Itron Inc. and communication systems developer OpenPeak Inc. for the integration of Itron’s advanced metering systems with OpenPeak’s home energy management solution.

Combining the technologies will allow utility companies and their customers to more actively manage in-home energy consumption to save money and help preserve the environment.

Under the terms of the agreement, Itron will provide ERT reading technology to OpenPeak. This means a single reading device can be used with either an OpenWay® installation or many of Itron’s legacy ERT-enabled devices for electric, gas or water service, helping customers leverage their existing Itron investment.   

The OpenPeak home energy management solution provides a simple, user friendly display of the real time energy usage and pricing data provided by Itron’s advanced metering systems. The technology also provides a centralized user interface for thermostats and communication capabilities including demand response event notification.

“To realize the personal benefits of home energy management over the long term, consumers need a simple and compelling way to get involved, and to stay engaged in the process,” said Dan Gittleman, CEO and founder of OpenPeak. “Our devices provide easy touch screen access to energy usage information which allows families to not only reduce their consumption, but also to see the benefits of their efforts by displaying real time usage data.”

Both companies’ technologies support a variety of communication standards including ZigBee and WiFi, allowing for true interoperability.

The solution also eliminates the need for a homeowner to change devices when an electric utility upgrades from the AMR capabilities provided by ChoiceConnect to the advanced smart grid functionality of OpenWay. Additionally, by leveraging OpenPeak’s back-end services platform and suite of downloadable applications, the same device can deliver a complete information and communication experience including news, sports, weather, social networking, music, and family photos, all of which help to create long term user engagement.

“Customer education and customer empowerment go well beyond the success of the smart grid – they’re vital to preserving our dwindling resources,” said Philip Mezey, Itron North America senior vice president and chief operating officer. “OpenPeak’s solution is another example in a growing list of creative mechanisms that utilities can utilize to interact with their customers and Itron welcomes these types of advancements.”