Echelon Corporation has teamed with Oracle to help utilities better manage outages, protect revenue, offer demand response, and offer prepayment options. The Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway integrated with Echelon’s smart metering solution enables utilities to deploy multiple applications to manage their assets and customers.
Bastian Fischer, Oracle Utilities vice president of industry strategy for EMEA, explains, “European Union member states are required to have 80 percent of consumers equipped with a smart meter by 2020. Utilities need to act now even though regulations, standards and available technology will change, so they are looking for an open, multi-application solution that will grow with them over time. Oracle and Echelon are pleased to offer a highly flexible solution that is adaptable to changing customer, operations and regulatory needs.”
With an increasing number of outages and growing demand for energy and renewable integration, utilities need to manage new dynamics at the edge of the grid. Plus, real-time consumption and generation information is needed to diagnose and respond to problems and control devices.
Michael Anderson, Echelon senior vice president for utility sales and market development notes, “Utilities need the ability to collect data from the field to diagnose problems faster and the ability to turn that data into actionable, distributed intelligence. The Echelon/Oracle solution addresses this by combining two best-of-breed solutions to help utilities better manage outages and protect revenue.”
Echelon has also introduced three new products that bolster Echelon’s open standard and multi-use smart grid product portfolio in Europe: the MCN 3020/1020 Wireless WAN adapter option for Echelon’s portfolio of IEC meters; the MTR 3020 Delta smart meter; and the DCN 1120/1220 Delta data concentrator. With the addition of these products to Echelon’s portfolio, European utilities and grid operators have more deployment options to meet the 2020 EU-imposed deadlines.
Echelon President and CEO, Ron Sege, says, “The pressure is on utilities in EU member states to act immediately in order to comply with the third directive for the internal market in electricity, yet technology, regulations and standards remain in flux. Echelon’s growing portfolio of products helps grid operators navigate through this period of uncertainty. Our Control Operating System (COS) powered system provides utilities with a multi-use, future-proof platform to which applications, devices, and new capabilities can be added over time, whether from Echelon or its partner and developer community partners.”