Echelon enhances NES metering system

Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct. 10, 2006 — Echelon Corp., provider of solutions for controls, smart metering, and energy and environment management, unveiled the DC-1000/SL Data Concentrator for its Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering system at the Metering & Billing/CRM Europe 2006 event in Copenhagen.

In the NES system, data concentrators manage and supervise all of the electricity meters connected to a low voltage transformer and provide access to the data, services, and events generated from the meters over a choice of Internet Protocol (IP) wide area networks (WAN), such as GSM, GPRS, fiber optics, IP radio, medium voltage power line, etc.

The DC-1000/SL has been designed to enable it to be mounted directly behind a meter. It is offered in different capacities, with the ability to manage as few as five meters or as many as 1024. In rural areas the DC-1000/SL can be mounted behind a meter at a customer’s house, bringing the WAN connection directly to the meter and eliminating the need for dedicated installation crews or an extra housing for the data concentrator. In urban areas, it can be co-located with an external current transformer meter (often used as part of theft detection programs to measure the total power being supplied to all customers on a given transformer) to provide a compact and simplified installation.

The DC-1000/SL’s weather-resistant packaging also incorporates an internal modem bay that enables the inclusion of a customer-preferred modem. The system is designed to provide an open, bidirectional, and extensible infrastructure that enables a range of utility applications.

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