Wednesday, 19 November 2008

CalAmp embeds Ember ZigBee Technology

Ember Corporation has teamed with CalAmp Corp. to enable ZigBee and IP-based wireless networks to work together for automated meter reading, peak energy demand response and other smart grid applications.

CalAmp has integrated Ember's EM250 ZigBee System-on-Chip (Soc) and EmberZNet PRO ZigBee networking software into its new WiMetry IP-based wireless communications platform. WiMetry enables smart grid functions such as demand response, peak demand reduction and other advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) applications.

The integrated devices provide a two-way communication pathway to ZigBee enabled smart meters or In Home Devices (IHD) for energy load control, demand response, energy consumption or tariff display.

Referring to ZigBee wireless connectivity to both electric meters and ZigBee enabled IHDs, CalAmp's Industrial Monitoring and Controls unit VP and general manager Mark Christensen said the goal of the company was to provide real-time, two-way wireless communications to manage the sensing, collecting and monitoring of data from all portions of a utility's electric distribution grid.

The need for smart energy solutions is becoming more and more urgent, said Bob Gohn, vice president – marketing, Ember.

CalAmps WiMetry platform allows utility customers to implement efficient smart grid applications quickly, helping them respond to changes in their industry and the economy.

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