Echelon adds wireless configuration options to Smart Grid portfolio

Echelon Corporation, an open-standard energy control networking
company, announced the launch of three new products that will bolster Echelon’s
open standard, and multi-use smart grid product portfolio in Europe.

The new products include the MCN 3020/1020 Wireless WAN
adapter option for Echelon’s portfolio of IEC meters, the MTR 3020 Delta smart
meter and the DCN 1120/1220 Delta data concentrator.

With the addition of these products to Echelon’s product
portfolio, European utilities and grid operators will have more deployment
options to meet 2020 EU-imposed deadlines with Echelon’s flexible solution,
regardless of meter density and wiring configurations in the roll-out regions.

The pressure is on utilities in EU member states to act
immediately in order to comply with the third directive for the internal market
in electricity, yet technology, regulations and standards remain in flux,” said
Ron Sege, President and CEO of

Our Control Operating System (COS) powered system
provides utilities with a multi-use, future-proof platform to which
applications, devices, and new capabilities can be added over time, whether
from Echelon or its partner and developer community partners,” Sege added.

The MCN 3020 is a wireless WAN adapter that can be
installed on any Echelon Poly-Phase (PP) and Current Transformer (CT) smart
meter with an auxiliary power option, while the MCN 1020 wireless WAN adapter
is installed on any Echelon Single Phase (SP) meter with an auxiliary power

Meters equipped with a WAN adapter use the GPRS/EDGE
network to directly communicate with the Echelon system software running at the
utility’s head-end.

This capability allows for economic meter installation
when a full roll out plan with PLC between meters and data concentrators is
still being developed but regulations require installation of smart meters to
begin now; or in situations where legacy AMR meters are being replaced on
failure on a one-off basis with Echelon’s smart meters.

The new Echelon MTR 3020 Delta meters expand the meter
portfolio to delta wired distribution networks, joining and complementing
Echelon’s Networked Energy System (NES) IEC meter family by providing SP, PP
for star wired distribution networks and CT connected meters.

Together with the DCN 1120 and 1220 data concentrator
models for delta wired distribution networks the solution brings Echelon’s
proven Power Line Communications (PLC) to the delta networks that are deployed
in European regions like Norway and Belgium.

Echelon recently announced that Tollgrade Communications,
a provider of distribution monitoring and service assurance test solutions for
the utility industries, developed
application for Echelon’s Control Operating System (COS) that delivers
end-to-end smart grid analytics to prevent outages, reduces operating expense
through asset and vegetation management, and protects revenue for utilities.

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