ATLANTA, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellnet+Hunt, a Promoter member of the ZigBee(R) Alliance, recently demonstrated interoperability of its FOCUS AX ZigBee smart metering interface and is among the first companies to earn ZigBee Certified Product status for products based on the ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070924/CLM050 ) Cellnet+Hunt simultaneously completed certification of its ZigBee-enabled advanced metering solution in the Landis+Gyr FOCUS AX meter as both a ZigBee Smart Energy Services Portal (ESP) and a ZigBee Smart Energy Meter. Compliance with the open ZigBee communication standard represents one approach Cellnet+Hunt is using to interact with in-home energy displays, smart thermostats and smart appliances. "Our testing confirmed that ZigBee will enable our advanced metering customers to successfully send and receive information and commands to a variety of devices inside homes or businesses," said Letha McLaren, Personal Energy Management General Manager at Cellnet+Hunt. "We will begin deploying ZigBee-enabled technology at customer sites before the end of the year." The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies that are developing a global standard for wireless networking of monitoring and control devices. ZigBee's Smart Energy Profile enables interoperable communication between smart metering systems and home-area networks for the purpose of promoting better energy management. This profile provides a communication link between Cellnet+Hunt's advanced meter systems and devices such as in-home displays, smart thermostats, appliance controls and other meters as an aid to energy efficiency, demand shedding and variable energy pricing programs. "The certification of advanced metering endpoints, such as the Cellnet+Hunt FOCUS AX product, greatly enhances the market potential for home area network products utilizing ZigBee Smart Energy," said Bob Heilie, Chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. In addition to integration with its RF mesh network systems, Cellnet+Hunt is developing ZigBee-enabled products for its PLC smart metering networks and personal energy management applications. "We are long-time supporters of ZigBee Smart Energy development and certification process and believe it represents an opportunity for our customers and the industry as a whole to move forward with a broad range of applications for personal energy management," said Robby Simpson, Cellnet+Hunt Systems Engineer, who is also a member of the ZigBee Board of Directors and chair of the ZigBee Smart Energy work group that developed ZigBee Smart Energy. Based in Atlanta, Cellnet+Hunt is part of the advanced metering solutions group within the global Landis+Gyr portfolio. Cellnet+Hunt is an industry-leading provider of advanced metering and smart grid applications to more than 500 electric, gas and water utilities worldwide. It currently has 20 million metering endpoints deployed or under contract, and hosts data for 13 million of these endpoints at its Network Operations Center. About Cellnet+Hunt Cellnet+Hunt is the leading provider of advanced metering, energy efficiency, and infrastructure communication systems to electric, gas, and water utilities worldwide. The company's proven record of customer satisfaction and value creation is supported by over 20 million advanced metering end points deployed or under contract at more than 500 utilities worldwide. For more information, visit www.cellnethunt.com . About ZigBee The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a rapidly growing, non-profit industry consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs, and end-users worldwide. Membership is open to all. Additional information can be found at www.zigbee.org .