Mitsubishi Electric To Grow Smart Meter Business With Echelon's Help
At this year's Metering, Billing/CRM Asia 2013 Mitsubishi Electric announced plans to grow its smart meters business globally in collaboration with Echelon. Mitsubishi said they will integrate Echelon's Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) into its new line of smart meter products, which are designed for the global market.
The new smart meters will incorporate grid-sensing and communication technologies based on Echelon's OGSP and its Networked Energy Services (NES) software as well as Mitsubishi Electric's proprietary sensing and metering technologies.The new meters was on exhibition at the show which was held in Bangkok, Thailand this week.
Echelon is a key technology provider of open standard control networking and has developed one of the world's most widely deployed open standard, multi-application platforms. This advanced technology has a proven track record in applications ranging from embedded sub-systems to complete grid modernization.
Mitsubishi Electric launched its electricity meter business at its Fukuyama Works, Japan, in 1946. Since then, the company has worked to steadily expand this business globally, developing satellite production facilities internationally to meet local demand. In recent years, the company's focus has turned to smart meters.