Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a wireless M2M device provider, announced that Siemens AG (Munich, Germany) is using its services to enhance its smart metering product with a web-based energy consumption and management platform. The Digi X-Grid is an “Extended Grid” that enables real-time, IP-based monitoring and control of home energy devices beyond the electric meter.
Siemens Automated Metering and Information System (AMIS) meters are now connected to Digi’s cloud, creating an IP-based service that will deliver precise energy usage information and meter visualization to the end-user, says Digi. This energy service can be further augmented by the integration of ZigBee connectivity, which would support both remote customer monitoring and control of smart energy thermostats and other energy management devices, according to the company.
“Previously, our communications link was designed purely as a conduit for delivering billing and grid information directly to utility company’s IT systems, not to consumers,” says Peter Hanak, project manager at Siemens. “Adding a second IP-based, real-time communication channel to our system [allows it to] communicate directly with customers.”
The cloud-based service will be introduced to the market during Metering Europe 2011, October 4-6, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.