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SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb 15, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON), a leading provider of networking technology that is used to manage and reduce energy consumption, today announced that Swedish utility Halmstad Energi och Miljo AB has selected Echelon's Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering system for updating its customer base of 38,000 electricity meters. The project, which began late in the fourth quarter of 2007, has been awarded to NES value-added reseller partner ES Matteknik AB. Revenue from the project, including data concentrators, and other system components and software, is expected be a total of approximately $4 million.
Building on the "smart grid" concept enabled by the NES system, the Halmstad project will not only utilize a number of advanced metering applications provided by ES, but will also use the NES system as a backbone for a supervisory, control and data acquisition (SCADA) application for electricity transformer supervision. This SCADA application, provided by Powel, along with the metering applications provided by ES, will run on top of the NES system software. This open web services interface makes it easy to integrate multiple applications onto the system.
"ES is very pleased to expand our advancement metering systems business with this win," said Thomas Lundgren, project manager at ES. "By leveraging the success we have had with the NES system at E.ON, we can cost-effectively bring to smaller Swedish utilities the market-leading technologies and services that we have perfected in large scale deployment. As the Swedish market moves towards replacing all of its meters by July 2009 to comply with government regulations, we see an exciting opportunity for ES to serve the many utilities that have yet to initiate or complete their meter replacement programs."
A key feature of the NES system demonstrated by this project is the power of the system's open web services application programming interface (API). This scalable, standards-based interface enables multiple applications to be integrated quickly and easily onto the system and to simultaneously access system data and services. By using standard enterprise application technology, integration costs can be dramatically reduced, enabling utilities to extract more value from their advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) investment.
In Halmstad, these benefits are demonstrated by the municipality's ability to tender separately for the SCADA system. Rather than having to install parallel, redundant infrastructure, Powel will be able to build on the metering system as the foundation for its SCADA application. "Through the NES system's web services API we are able to access information beyond a typical simple metering system. This enables us to deliver to our customers the high quality distribution monitoring and supervisory control systems that they have come to rely on from Powel," Lundgren continued.
About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON) is a networking company that provides products and systems that can monitor and save energy, lower costs, improve productivity and enhance service, quality, safety and convenience by networking together everyday devices in utility, building, industrial, transportation and home control systems. Tens of millions of smart devices based on Echelon's LonWorks(R) products and Networked Energy Services systems are in use around the world today bringing benefits to consumers and industry. More information about Echelon can be found at http://www.echelon.com.
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