Networked Energy Services Introduces New Wireless Communications Options for the Patagonia Energy Applications Platform
The new Fourth Generation Smart Meter now provides flexibility of wireless with industry leading communication architecture
San Jose, CA, October 4th, 2017: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today the introduction of its Generation 4 poly phase smart meter with a cellular option card. This new option further expands the wireless options available within the Patagonia Energy Applications platform and increases the connectivity footprint options for smart grid deployments.
The Generation 4 Gateway Module is a modem-equipped device that can be used to directly connect devices to the utility's data center. It is fully interoperable with NES software applications and follows the OSGP standard. This direct connect solution provides all the same functionality as a power line communication device for demand response, billing, consumer engagement and multi-commodity data collection. In addition, the Generation 4 Gateway Module architecture is also designed to support other RF communication technologies.
The new Smart Meter’s capabilities include future proofing features such as over the air upgrades for modem and meter firmware, as well as, a field swappable communication module design allowing module replacements without electrical service disruption. The solution also has unique system capabilities, such as SMS shoulder tap, quick system registration, and last gasp outage alarms that produce operational savings created by reduced installation costs and efficient data rate usage.
“This is a great addition to our solution because it extends our architecture to provide customers more options and flexibility while reducing total cost of ownership compared to other wireless options,” said Kip Gering, Vice President of Product at NES. “It is a great plug and play option for all of our customers.”
About Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES)
Networked Energy Services Corporation is a global smart energy leader in the worldwide transformation of the electricity grid into an energy control network, enabling utilities to provide their customers with a more efficient and reliable service, to protect their systems from current and emerging cybersecurity threats, and to offer innovative new services that enable active, intelligence use of energy. NES was formed as a result of the spinoff of Echelon Corporation’s Grid Modernization Division in October 2014. NES is headquartered in the US with R&D centers located in Silicon Valley, North Dakota and Poland, and sales offices throughout the world. NES’ smart grid technology is used in nearly 40 million smart meters and other smart end devices around the world. NES is a member of the OSGP Alliance, a global association of utilities and smart grid companies, which promotes the Open Smart Grid Protocol and cooperates to provide utilities greater value by enabling true, independently-certified, multi-vendor interoperability based upon open international specifications and standards. You can find out more information about NES, its Patagonia Energy Applications PlatformTM (including grid management software, distributed control nodes, and smart meters) and services at: www.networkedenergy.com.