Ember AMI / AMR Smart Metering Applications
The top metering companies around the world have chosen Ember products for their ZigBee solutions.
“Smart metering is revolutionizing energy management and grid reliability. We are committed to delivering leading edge smart grid solutions and the product components we receive from Ember, such as the EM300 Series SoC play an important role in providing the features and performance required by our customers.”
— Letha McLaren, Global Product Manager, Landis+Gyr
“Elster is pleased to be integrating the EM357 into our market leading EnergyAxis smart metering system. The EM300 Series allows us to provide our customers with a cost effective ZigBee enabled smart metering solution for demand response, load control, pricing and customer communications. In addition, the ultra low power consumption profile of the EM357 is also advantageous for Elster and its customers. While the energy saved on an individual meter basis may be small, when scaled across hundreds of thousands of devices it can mean significant energy savings for our utility customers. This not only saves utilities money, it has a positive impact on the environment as well.”
— Victor Sitton, Vice President of Product Marketing
Itron OpenWay AMI Solutions (www.itron.com)
Itron has integrated Ember’s ZigBee technology into its OpenWay™ by Itron Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) platform. Specifically, Itron’s OpenWay CENTRON smart metering devices are embedded with Ember ZigBee chips and software to provide a two-way communication pathway to the home for energy load control and demand response.
“Coming from the number one vendor of electric meters in the U.S., OpenWay is crucial for enabling the promise of residential demand response. Robust ZigBee connectivity is critical to the OpenWay system. We teamed with Ember because they are reliable, easy to work with and complement our OpenWay platform.”
— Arun Sehgal, product line manager for Itron’s OpenWay AMI system
NURI Telecom’s AiMiR meter reading system uses the Ember ZigBee system-on-a-chip and EmberZNet networking software to create a wireless mesh network for remote metering. Göteborg Energi AB in Sweden has chosen NURI for its 270,000 home AMI system, making it the first to cover a whole city with a wireless ZigBee infrastructure for the metering services of tomorrow.
“The ZigBee network can also be easily expanded as new homes are built, or new services need to be added. We partnered with Ember because its ZigBee platform is the most mature and has proven itself repeatedly in previous NURI AMR deployments.”
— Gab Sub Kim, NURI CTO
Ember customer Holley Metering Ltd. (HML) is the top electricity meter manufacturer and AMR system/solution provider in China. Holley Metering plays a vital role in the local economy, occupying approximately 30 percent market share in China. For the quality goods and services offered by the company, HML was awarded “China Top Brand” in 2003.
“As China’s leading electric meter exporter, it was critical that we base our AMR system on a widely adopted industry standard. We partnered with Ember because it had the most mature ZigBee platform, enabling us to reduce our product development time dramatically.”
— Dr. Wu Yue, director of R&D center of Holley Metering, ZigBee AMR system project manager
Automated meter reading technology gets a boost from a new line of Ember-enabled electric meters from NURI Telecom, providing wireless data transfer and streamlined metering processes.