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Smart Metering

Echelon’s Smart Metering Solution allows utilities to accurately collect billing data and vital health statistics from the low voltage grid with over 99% field proven reliability. Built on Echelon’s energy control networking platform connecting over 35 million homes to the grid in some of the toughest environments around the world, our Smart Metering Solution is a risk-free choice for utilities looking to modernize their grid.

In smart metering projects, the biggest risk is the future. Market requirements, regulatory mandates, and technology will all change over the lifecycle of your smart metering investment. That’s why more utilities choose Echelon. Our Smart Metering Solution is a “no regrets” decision. As an open, multi-application platform, you can seamlessly interoperate with the IT infrastructure and grid devices you already have deployed in the field or data center today and easily expand by adding new software or devices in the future.

 

Tested in numerous large-scale deployments throughout Europe, North America, and Russia by leading utilities such as Vattenfall (Sweden and Finland), SEAS NVE (Denmark), E.ON (Sweden), and Duke Energy (US), our Smart Meters’ proven reliability has allowed the most demanding utilities to confidently replace hundreds of thousands of meters and quickly migrate toward a smarter grid.

Our proven, open standard and multi-application platform delivers the following benefits:

Open

Based on IP and standard Web services to seamlessly interoperate with software and servers already deployed in the data center and all the popular communication protocols smart meters need to interoperate in the field. Echelon provides an out-of-the box interoperability with a wide variety of best-in-class MDM systems from market leaders such as eMeter, Goerlitz, Ferranti, Oracle, Telvent and more.

Best Value

More than accurate and reliable billing, the Echelon Smart Metering Solution enables grid optimization benefits like revenue protection, theft detection, preventative maintenance, and line failures prediction, which allow you to get more out of your smart metering investment and get a faster payback on your business case.

Reduces “Data Deluge”

Echelon’s Smart Metering Solution delivers the right data, to the right place, at the right time by distributing intelligence to devices in the field for localized decision-making . This means your IT department gets only the information they need instead of being bombarded with false alarms and unusable data. Echelon converts raw grid data into actionable intelligence so that it can be used cross-functionally for a more proactive response to many different grid problems. This also reduces your WAN and storage costs so that you are not paying to transport and store meaningless data.

Safe

Our power line based network does not interfere with RF-based in-home devices such as mobile phones, baby monitors, or garage door openers

Secure

Echelon’s advanced security threat and defense management capabilities allows utilities to protect their network and customers from the full gamut of potential threats known to exist today or that may emerge over the lifecycle of their deployment.

Energy Control Networking Platform for Smart Metering

What You Should Know

Echelon utility customers average 25% reduction in operations expenses.

Power line communications for smart meter networks
- EE Times

The Echelon Smart Metering Solution is comprised of IEC or ANSI Smart Meters and Control Nodes that collect data in the field and System Software that runs in a utility’s data center. The solution consists of the following products:

 

Echelon Smart Meters

Every Echelon smart meter provides revenue-grade payment capabilities such as load profiling, time-of-use, display of energy consumption and prepaid metering as well advanced features such as an integrated remote connect/disconnect switch, the ability to provide remote upgrades and over 50 power quality measurements (PQMs). Once deployed, the software takes over. Changes that used to require a truck roll, such as a firmware upgrade or connect/disconnect, now can be completed with the click of a mouse. This means utilities can payback their investment faster, with every eliminated truck roll and respond faster to meet the high expectations of your customers.

Echelon Control Nodes (data concentrators deployed in the field)

Located at the medium voltage/low voltage transformer, Echelon Control Nodes connect Smart Meters and OSGP-based grid devices to the WAN. Echelon Control Nodes are able to collect multiple channels of accurate load-profile data with 100% reliability, even when collecting at intervals of 5 minutes or less. Echelon Control Nodes can accommodate hardware expansion and run multiple software applications allowing utilities to add new functionalities efficiently.

Echelon System Software (software deployed in the data center)

Echelon System Software allows a utility to deploy, provision, configure, audit, diagnose, and retrieve data from Echelon Smart Meters and other OSGP-based devices connected to the low voltage grid. Designed with interoperability in mind, the software communicates with a utility’s middleware using a highly scalable, standards-based interface. Using standard Web services interfaces (e.g. XML and SOAP), Echelon System Software easily integrates with the software and servers deployed at the data center as well as with leading meter data management (MDM) solutions from eMeter, Gorlitz, Oracle, Telvent, and many others.

Echelon Element Manager (software deployed in the data center)

Echelon’s Element Manger simplifies installation and commissioning of Echelon Smart Meters, other OSGP-based grid devices and Echelon Control Nodes – through browser-based software that is intuitive and easy to use. Providing network analysis, graphed statistics, and automated network management, Echelon’s Element Manger gives your team the right data at the right time so they can troubleshoot and solve problems in real time.

Echelon Control Point Modules (an embedded component used by third party manufacturers)

With Echelon’s Control Point, manufacturers can easily and rapidly build OSGP compliant smart grid devices, such as smart meters, load controllers, and electric vehicle chargers. Once available, these devices then have access to Echelon’s global installed base of utility customers as a channel to grow their revenue and sell their products and services.

Echelon’s Smart Metering Solution has improved the accuracy of billing information, grid reliability, and lowed customer complaints. Echelon delivers a faster payback by dramatically reducing operating expenses, reducing the number of call center calls, improving customer satisfaction, and helping utilities recover unbilled revenue as a result of non-technical losses.

 

No-Regrets Decision

Our Smart Metering Solution is a “no regrets” decision because it is open at every level for interoperability and expandability. Respond confidently to new regulations or market demands by adding third-party software and devices as needed over the lifecycle of your investment. With our open architecture, you have the flexibility to make a choice now and change it later. This flexibility opens up a world of possibilities and gives you the ability to change direction, select new suppliers and products, and prevent technology obsolescence.

Proactive Operations

Echelon’s Smart Metering Solution provides actionable intelligence that delivers the right data, at the right time, across all departments to enable a proactive posture and reduce your mean-time-to-repair. With this ability to identify problems before they occur, you can do more proactive maintenance and avoid expensive emergency after-hour repairs.

Fewer Customer Complaints

With Echelon, giving consumers more control over their energy usage is easy. Consumer friendly options like pre-payment and real-time consumption information are available via the web or through in-home display devices. This allows your customers to better manage their budgets and payment options. Additionally, all Echelon Smart Meters have a software-controlled disconnect/reconnect switch so some responses that used to require a customer visit can now be completed with the click of a mouse. This means you can payback your investment with every truck roll that is eliminated — and respond faster to meet the high expectations of your customers.

More Billing Choices for Customers

Echelon Smart Meters give you more billing options. Pre-payment options allow customers to pay in advance and better manage their budgets. Offering rate-based incentives by time-of-use or seasonal factors and shortening read-to-bill times and increased customer confidence both improves bill collections and decreases back office support costs.

Stabilize the Grid

Echelon’s Smart Metering Solution delivers much more than billing benefits. Our energy control networking platform can provide voltage regulation and transformer monitoring as well as retrieve mission-critical data such as voltage, power quality measurements (PQMs), and line signal strength to help you get closer to a self-healing grid.

Case Study

Echelon helped E.ON Sverige drop billing questions 56% and meter complaints 50%. Learn more.

Case Study

Vattenfall AB can read 99.7% of its 600,000 NES meters every day, and 100% of them within 48 hours.
Learn more.

Test Results

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A test of the performance, reliability, accuracy, redundancy, and scalability of the NES solution

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Echelon’s Smart Metering Solution provides benefits for both consumers and utilities. For consumers, Echelon has improved the accuracy of billing information, customer satisfaction, and consumer safety. For utilities, Echelon improves grid reliability by delivering the essential power quality information utilities need to stabilize the grid as more renewables and EVs are adopted. Our experience has enabled utilities of every size to deliver more reliable and efficient energy while protecting revenue, eliminating technical and non-technical losses and putting consumers in control. Echelon delivers a faster payback by dramatically reducing operating expenses, reducing call center calls, improving customer satisfaction and helping utilities recover unbilled revenue as a result of non-technical losses.

 

More Accurate Meter Reading; Fewer Billing Estimates

Echelon Smart Meters have been field proven to read meter bills with over 99% reliability every 5minutes. With Echelon, consumer bills are based on real consumption; not estimated.

Fewer Consumer Complaints

Consumer friendly options like pre-payment, remote connect/disconnect and real-time consumption information via the web or through in-home display devices, allow consumers to get better service while managing their budgets.

A Safe Choice for Consumers

Our power line based network does not interfere with RF-based devices such as mobile phones, baby monitors, or garage door openers. Our standard remote connect/disconnect switch allows faster reconnection times 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, providing a public safety and a health improvement.

Conserve More Energy

Studies have shown that the more real-time consumption data consumers have access to can help to change their behavior. With real-time Web-accessible billing information, or the ability to connect meters to in-home displays, Echelon provides utilities with the capability to educate consumers on the amount of energy they are using and how to reduce it for an overall lower carbon footprint.

Stabilize the Grid

Echelon provides more than just smart metering. Our energy control networking platform can provide voltage regulation and transformer monitoring as well retrieve mission-critical data such as voltage, power quality measurements (PQMs), and line signal strength to help utilities get closer to a self-healing grid.

 

Case Study

Echelon helped E.ON Sverige drop billing questions 56% and meter complaints 50%. Learn more.

Case Study

Vattenfall AB can read 99.7% of its 600,000 NES meters every day, and 100% of them within 48 hours.
Learn more.

 

Smart grids represent a $35 billion dollar opportunity by 2015. Partnering with Echelon is a smart investment for your company. As the market leading solution in Europe, according to analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, Echelon can offer your company access to our installed base of utilities that have started their journey toward a smarter grid. Echelon offers many joint marketing and promotional opportunities and hosts an annual Smart Grid conference that allows you to meet our customers and other industry leaders.

 

Learn more about the benefits a partnership with Echelon can bring:

  • Ability to partner with Europe’s leading smart metering provider and access to our installed base of utility customers.
  • Joint marketing opportunities
  • Participation in our annual Smart Grid Conference
  • Access to our developer program, tools and support that make it easy to bring new products to market that work seamlessly with Echelon and a broad ecosystem of third-party products
  • Global market acceptance and the industry knowledge you need to hit the ground running in fast-growing regions such as China, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America