Consumers, utilities to receive text message updates from electricity meters
PARIS (Freescale Technology Forum) - Oct. 11, 2005 - Utilizing the Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL, FSL.B) ZigBee -compliant platform, NESA, a leading Danish Electricity company, will deploy the first ZigBeeTM -enabled system for Automated Meter Reading (AMR) in Europe, heralding a new method for automated communications updates to utilities and energy and security -conscious consumers. The innovative system uses Freescale's ZigBee -compliant platform along with system design by alliance partner Develco.
The AMR system provides utility companies the ability to wirelessly monitor electricity usage. Additionally, consumers will have the capability to monitor and control home appliances and receive home intruder alerts remotely through short messaging system (SMS).
"Freescale's market knowledge along with the expertise of their partner Develco, who charged the implementation of ZigBee technology in the system, gave us the confidence in selecting their platform as our foundation," said Willy Bergstrom, project manager, NESA. "Interoperability with the ZigBee standard enables new possibilities for our subscribers and allows our system to be the perfect gateway for home automation."
As other manufacturers deploy the ZigBee standard, the NESA system will expand its level of service to include additional features such as allowing customers to access and control the temperature of their home and receive security alerts while they are miles away, or even in another country and allowing customers to access and control the temperature of their home.
"We congratulate NESA for this real industry innovation," said Franz Fink, senior vice president and general manager, Wireless and Mobile Systems Group for Freescale. "The Automated Meter Reading system is a major milestone in offering the utility industry greater efficiency and consumers the unique ability to control and monitor their home from afar, via their mobile phones."
The NESA wireless utility system consists of the following features:
• Electricity meter, GSM/GPRS communication capabilities and an embedding ZigBee -enabled modem.
• 230V AC switch/dimmer with ZigBee modem.
• Infra -red battery -powered detector, embedding ZigBee -enabled modem.
NESA expects to deploy the automated meter system to all its customers in Q4 of 2005 in Denmark, followed by further adoptions in the Nordic region expanding through Europe.
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NESA is the largest distribution utility in Denmark serving 555,000 customers around Copenhagen. www.nesa.dk