Cellnet+Hunt Successfully Certifies ZigBee Smart Energy Metering Interface

May 19, 2008, 01:00 ET from Cellnet+Hunt

    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.
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     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
     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
     "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 .

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