NURI Telecom, based in Korea, will soon introduce to the US market a new AMR system using ZigBee-based wireless networking technology from Ember. ZigBee is a wireless, standards-based radio technology that addresses the unique needs of remote monitoring and control, and sensor network applications. NURI Telecom’s AMR system will also enable utilities to enter the emerging digital home market by offering new revenue-generating monitoring and control services such as home security, anti-fire systems and home appliance control.
The Ember-enabled AMR system is already being used in scores of Korean homes as part of a government-sponsored Digital Home Pilot Service aimed at turning houses into wireless ‘smart homes’. NURI Telecom has also developed a ZigBee-based communication module as an OEM product for many other AMR and home network solution providers.
NURI’s AMR system is integrated with Ember’s ZigBee-ready semiconductors and networking software to create a bi-directional wireless mesh network that links meters with utilities’ corporate offices. They can remotely meter a home’s electricity, gas and water usage more efficiently with fewer errors and at lower costs, while giving customers greater insight into their energy consumption and better customer service.
The NURI system, marketed under the brand name AIMIR, is based on the successful commercial remote metering deployment of more than 110,000 residential and industrial facilities. In addition to electricity, gas and water usage metering, the system’s two-way communication offers new capabilities such as electricity overload control, gas leakage detection and power cut-off notification.