Echelon (San Jose, Calif.), an open-standard energy control networking company, announced on Tuesday its Edge Control Node (ECN) is Verizon 3G certified. According to Echelon, certifying the ECN product through Verizon Wireless’ (Basking Ridge, N.J.) Open Development program ensures that utilities can use Verizon’s network as the backhaul for their smart grid systems. The ECN runs Echelon’s Control Operating System (COS) software, which provides distributed intelligence and control throughout the smart grid and allows utilities to run smart grid applications at the edge of the grid, nearest the consumer.
“Verizon Wireless supports Echelon in its effort to provide smart grid infrastructures that allow utilities to leverage existing, reliable, wireless networks instead of burdening rate-payers with private backhaul networks,” said Aparna Khurjekar, executive director, business solutions at Verizon Wireless. “Making such a field-proven, reliable system like Echelon’s available to customers using our network is a great addition to the solutions we offer in the smart grid market.”
According to Echelon, coupled with its NES System, the ECN 7000 series enables utilities to create smart grids that react in near-real time to remove stress from the grid, provide consumer-facing benefits, incorporate emerging smart grid and energy-aware homes and consumer devices, and incorporate almost any existing metering system to protect a utility’s existing investments.