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Why NES
  • The NES System is an award-winning smart grid infrastructure solution, based on Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP).
  • NES’ smart grid technology is used in nearly 40 million smart meters and other smart end devices around the world.
  • NES offers industry leading security built into its three tier Patagonia Platform.
  • The most reliable smart metering solution in the industry, delivering >99.8% daily availability of meter data.
  • The NES System offers a unique power line technology that enables grid mapping, automatic topology management, and many more low voltage grid applications.
  • NES has more than 100 existing smart metering / smart grid projects and pilots in more than 25 different countries.
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Vision and Mission
NES Vision and Mission

Vision 

Our vision is to help usher in a new era of grid safety, reliability and efficiency with our 3 tier, proven, open, multi-application platform.

Mission

Our mission is to develop, produce, and market the world’s most reliable, economical, and versatile device networking infrastructure technology and products (based on the NES System architecture), enabling our customers to increase operating efficiency, save energy, provide control, improve safety, and provide comfort and convenience.

NES Quality Policy  

NES is committed to providing quality products and services to our customers. Our commitment to quality and total customer satisfaction is the responsibility of every employee and is demonstrated by our quality system, on-going management review, and continual improvement based on customer feedback.

 

History
NES History

NES was formed as a result of the spinoff of Echelon Corporation’s Grid Modernization Division in October 2014. However, the beginnings of NES go back much further than October 2014. Echelon Corporation was founded in 1988 by A. C. "Mike" Markkula, an original principal in Apple Computer, and led by M. Kenneth Oshman, one of the four founders of Rolm Corporation. Mike Markula was an angel investor for Apple Computer and also the second CEO of Apple Computer. The original vision for computer networking - connecting all kinds of devices ranging from industrial components to refrigerators and thermostats in the home - was ahead of its time. It ultimately found expression in systems that insure efficient energy use, known today as the “smart grid” and “IOT or the Internet of Things.” Echelon started as a private company that later successfully completed a public offering in July 1998.

NES has more than 15 years of experience working with utilities companies worldwide to supply the infrastructure for automation and value-added services for a broad range of applications. NES has been deeply involved in the world’s leading networked smart metering system deployments, including our role as the power line communications (PLC) and Data Concentrator provider to Enel SpA of Italy for their 30 million meter deployment in Italy.

In June 2000, Echelon entered into a research and development agreement with Enel, the world’s largest publicly traded utility, under which we integrated our PLC technology into Enel’s remote metering project in Italy.  In this project, which is called the Contatore Elettronico, Enel replaced its existing stand-alone electricity meters with communicating solid-state meters at over 30 million customer sites throughout its service territory.  This is the largest meter replacement and upgrade project ever undertaken in the world. The deployment started in 2001 and the project was completed in 2006.  Over 30 million PLC powered smart electricity meters and over 350,000 Echelon Data Concentrators were deployed by Enel, with new meters being installed at a rate of approximately 700,000 per month at the peak of the project. Our NES System builds upon the same core PLC communications technology, data concentrator technology and open standards employed in Enel’s Contatore Elettronico project and provides utilities with an extremely cost-effective system that can be deployed quickly to deliver immediate cost savings and operational improvements.   

In September 2002, Echelon began a technology trial with Continuon Netbeheer, a leading Dutch utility grid operator and subsidiary of the Dutch utility Nuon, now known as Alliander. The initial trial was completed successfully and progressed to a larger deployment of the initial NES system, designed to implement the complete end-to-end infrastructure of a full smart metering deployment, including the first of its kind joint deployment of smart electric meters and smart gas meters on the same communications infrastructure, with full connectivity through to Continuon’s information systems and business processes.  We worked closely with Nuon during the planning, implementation, integration and installations phases of the pre-deployment pilot, which was successfully completed in 2004.

Following these projects, NES has worked on numerous advanced smart grid meter deployments with large utilities such as Vattenfall and E.ON in Sweden, Fortum in Finland, Duke Energy in the U.S, Tauron in Poland, SEAS-NVE, NRGi, EnergiMidt and ELRO in Denmark, and Alliander in the Netherlands as well as numerous other deployments and trials with utilities throughout the world. Today, NES’ smart grid technology is used in nearly 40 million smart meters and other smart end devices around the world.

In the early stages of its existence, the NES System was composed primarily of Smart Meters, Data Concentrators, and two primary software tools: a head-end data collection system referred to as NES System Software used by utilities to collect data and remotely configure the devices on the network, and an optical configuration tool (the NES Provisioning Tool) used to locally configure those devices.

The collection of devices and software tools that comprise the NES System has expanded since that time. In 2010, the first Control Point Module was released. Control Point Modules enable devices connected to low voltage grids, such as load control modules and power quality sensors, to become intelligent end points in the NES System capable of communicating and interacting with the other devices on the NES system - extending the smart grid beyond the meter.

This was followed shortly with the introduction of OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol) Modules. OSGP Modules vastly expanded the capacities of the NES system by providing the capacity to transform basic electric meter and devices into smart, communicating meters capable of interoperating with the Networked Energy Services (NES) system in much the same fashion that meters manufactured by NES do. As part of this effort, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) published the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP). This specification, based largely on the way the NES system is designed, defines an open standard for smart grid device communication on networks such as the NES System, providing even more opportunity for the NES system to grow.

The Smart Meters and Control Nodes manufactured by NES have continued to evolve and improve. In 2014, the DCN 3000 Distributed Control Node was released: a highly advanced Control Node offering significant improvements over the earlier Data Concentrator models. This was followed in 2015 with the introduction of the Generation 4 Smart Meter, which provided even more advanced metering features and flexibility than the earlier meter models.

With these improvements to the hardware products that comprise the NES System have come improvements to its software tools as well, from enhancements to NES System Software and to the NES Provisioning Tool, to new software applications that can be used for network diagnostics, topology management, and a host of other network tasks.

In 2015, NES introduced an industry-leading security suite: NES Security Suite v4. This AES-based security protocol, which is referred to as OSGP-AES-128-PSK, was also recently added to the OSGP Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) Specification.

NES looks forward to continuing to evolve and improve these products to offer the best and most efficient smart grid networking options possible.

NES was formed as a result of the spinoff of Echelon Corporation’s Grid Modernization Division in October 2014. However, the beginnings of NES go back much further than October 2014. Echelon Corporation was founded in 1988 by A. C. "Mike" Markkula, an original principal in Apple Computer, and led by M. Kenneth Oshman, one of the four founders of Rolm Corporation. Mike Markula was an angel investor for Apple Computer and also the second CEO of Apple Computer. The original vision for computer networking - connecting all kinds of devices ranging from industrial components to refrigerators and thermostats in the home - was ahead of its time. It ultimately found expression in systems that insure efficient energy use, known today as the “smart grid” and “IOT or the Internet of Things.” Echelon started as a private company that later successfully completed a public offering in July 1998.

NES has more than 15 years of experience working with utilities companies worldwide to supply the infrastructure for automation and value-added services for a broad range of applications. NES has been deeply involved in the world’s leading networked smart metering system deployments, including our role as the power line communications (PLC) and Data Concentrator provider to Enel SpA of Italy for their 30 million meter deployment in Italy.

In June 2000, Echelon entered into a research and development agreement with Enel, the world’s largest publicly traded utility, under which we integrated our PLC technology into Enel’s remote metering project in Italy.  In this project, which is called the Contatore Elettronico, Enel replaced its existing stand-alone electricity meters with communicating solid-state meters at over 30 million customer sites throughout its service territory.  This is the largest meter replacement and upgrade project ever undertaken in the world. The deployment started in 2001 and the project was completed in 2006.  Over 30 million PLC powered smart electricity meters and over 350,000 Echelon Data Concentrators were deployed by Enel, with new meters being installed at a rate of approximately 700,000 per month at the peak of the project. Our NES System builds upon the same core PLC communications technology, data concentrator technology and open standards employed in Enel’s Contatore Elettronico project and provides utilities with an extremely cost-effective system that can be deployed quickly to deliver immediate cost savings and operational improvements.   

In September 2002, Echelon began a technology trial with Continuon Netbeheer, a leading Dutch utility grid operator and subsidiary of the Dutch utility Nuon, now known as Alliander. The initial trial was completed successfully and progressed to a larger deployment of the initial NES system, designed to implement the complete end-to-end infrastructure of a full smart metering deployment, including the first of its kind joint deployment of smart electric meters and smart gas meters on the same communications infrastructure, with full connectivity through to Continuon’s information systems and business processes.  We worked closely with Nuon during the planning, implementation, integration and installations phases of the pre-deployment pilot, which was successfully completed in 2004.

Following these projects, NES has worked on numerous advanced smart grid meter deployments with large utilities such as Vattenfall and E.ON in Sweden, Fortum in Finland, Duke Energy in the U.S, Tauron in Poland, SEAS-NVE, NRGi, EnergiMidt and ELRO in Denmark, and Alliander in the Netherlands as well as numerous other deployments and trials with utilities throughout the world. Today, NES’ smart grid technology is used in nearly 40 million smart meters and other smart end devices around the world.

In the early stages of its existence, the NES System was composed primarily of Smart Meters, Data Concentrators, and two primary software tools: a head-end data collection system referred to as NES System Software used by utilities to collect data and remotely configure the devices on the network, and an optical configuration tool (the NES Provisioning Tool) used to locally configure those devices.

The collection of devices and software tools that comprise the NES System has expanded since that time. In 2010, the first Control Point Module was released. Control Point Modules enable devices connected to low voltage grids, such as load control modules and power quality sensors, to become intelligent end points in the NES System capable of communicating and interacting with the other devices on the NES system - extending the smart grid beyond the meter.

This was followed shortly with the introduction of OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol) Modules. OSGP Modules vastly expanded the capacities of the NES system by providing the capacity to transform basic electric meter and devices into smart, communicating meters capable of interoperating with the Networked Energy Services (NES) system in much the same fashion that meters manufactured by NES do. As part of this effort, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) published the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP). This specification, based largely on the way the NES system is designed, defines an open standard for smart grid device communication on networks such as the NES System, providing even more opportunity for the NES system to grow.

The Smart Meters and Control Nodes manufactured by NES have continued to evolve and improve. In 2014, the DCN 3000 Distributed Control Node was released: a highly advanced Control Node offering significant improvements over the earlier Data Concentrator models. This was followed in 2015 with the introduction of the Generation 4 Smart Meter, which provided even more advanced metering features and flexibility than the earlier meter models.

With these improvements to the hardware products that comprise the NES System have come improvements to its software tools as well, from enhancements to NES System Software and to the NES Provisioning Tool, to new software applications that can be used for network diagnostics, topology management, and a host of other network tasks.

In 2015, NES introduced an industry-leading security suite: NES Security Suite v4. This AES-based security protocol, which is referred to as OSGP-AES-128-PSK, was also recently added to the OSGP Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) Specification.

NES looks forward to continuing to evolve and improve these products to offer the best and most efficient smart grid networking options possible.

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Declaration of Recyclable Products

NES has active programs focused on compliance with EU environmental laws.  In addition, as part of our design efforts, we strive to make use of recyclable materials wherever possible and to minimize internal power consumption.  Some examples demonstrating NES’s use of recyclable materials in NES meters include the meter cover and terminal block. The meter cover is made of ABS/PC plastic, and is recyclable.  The terminal block is made of polycarbonate plastic (with brass inserts), and is also recyclable.  In fact, based on the weight of NES meters, approximately 80% of the meter is recyclable. In addition, NES uses recycled, recyclable, and/or reusable materials where practical for our product packaging and shipping.

Reducing Energy and Waste NES encourages recycling both in the office and at home including recycling of computers and other electronics as well as paper and other office material. NES promotes and supports energy efficiency and energy management. In addition, NES’s technology and products enable smart energy solutions across a wide range of markets, including commercial buildings, smart homes, industrial plants, mining operations, schools, streetlights, warehouses, electric vehicle charging, solar farms, and advanced metering infrastructures. Our corporate headquarters in San Jose, California, is proof that we practice what we preach. The building's key subsystems are integrated into one simplified control network that provides energy management services that assist in minimizing energy use. 
Management
David Thomson President & CEO

As President & CEO, David Thomson provides the overall vision and leadership for the company and is responsible for the execution of its overall strategy.  With the core purpose to help its global customers improve overall safety, reliability and efficiency, David is driving NES to continue its industry leadership with innovation designed to provide its customers a proven and secure product platform with the applications and technology to help them achieve their modernization objectives.

David has many years of leadership experience within the Energy sector, and within Smart Metering, previously leading the European sales organization of Honeywell Smart Energy, and holding the position of MD of Honeywell Smart Energy UK. He spent 11 years with the Elster Group, and was part of the senior team responsible for its sale to Honeywell. Prior to this, he ran a global non-utility electricity metering business within Invensys plc, and has held leadership positions within the Automotive and Logistics industries. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Loughborough University, and started his career qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant in the UK within the Energy sector.

Jonathan Watt Chief Performance & Supply Chain Officer

As Chief Performance & Supply Chain Officer, Jonathan Watt is responsible for all Supply Chain and Procurement activities. Jonathan is a qualified Engineer and MBA holder. He has more than 30 years’ experience leading businesses, Sales, Supply Chain and critical projects across automotive, aerospace, technology, industrial and energy. Jonathan held several Supply Chain & Procurement senior positions, including CPO at Elster/Honeywell and Interim Chief Procurement Officer at Honeywell responsible for the introduction of Smart Metering Supply Chain.Working closely with the technical team and other business leaders, his focus will be to drive improvement projects across the organization, ensuring best practices are applied. His priority is to ensure that we optimize our sourcing and supply chain processes, and to manage supplier performance and relationships.

NES CTO Andy Robinson Andy Robinson Chief Technical Officer & VP Engineering

As the Chief Operating & Technology Officer for NES, Andy Robinson is responsible for the engineering department and the technical vision for NES. Andy works directly with development groups to determine product strategy, identify new technologies and ensure best practices in Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and Design for Reliability (DFR).

Andy has been a key participant in many industry firsts, such as the first high volume Power Line Communications deployment, and has spent the last 25 years developing the world’s most advanced AMR/AMI/Smart Grid Systems leading to over 40 million meters successfully deployed in the UK, Northern/Central Europe, North America, Russia, South America and Australasia. He held the roles of program manager, lead designer and manufacturing consultant for ENEL in Italy, first developing and then deploying one of the world’s largest and most successful grid modernization programs, before joining Echelon in 2003 and helping establish NES as a worldwide leader in Smart Grid technology He has participated in the creation of several international metering standards and holds multiple patents in the field of metering and instrumentation. Andy has a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Layal Hassani Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer for NES, Layal is responsible for all of NES’ global finance functions and activities, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, and ERP. She is also in charge of identifying inefficiencies, implementing cost-reduction measures and ensuring that resources were allocated correctly to guarantee the financial health of the organization. Layal holds a master’s degree and a B.S. in Finance from the American University of Science and Technology, with 15 years of experience at senior and managerial positions in Accounting and Finance across different industries, including, Oil & Gas, Construction, Real Estate and Smart Energy. Throughout her career, she participated in the development of financial plans and budgets for organizations & the implementation of financial functions and processes.

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