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
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.
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 .
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 .