Freescale Semiconductor and Telecom Italia presented the latest Energy@Home consortium advancement during the recent Design with Freescale (DWF) Italian session in Milan. The consortium—led by ENEL, Telecom Italia, Electrolux, and Indesit—supports developing a program that provides consumers with data about their household energy consumption on the display of a metering device or remotely via a smartphone or computer.
Energy@Home’s goal is to develop an interoperable Home Area Network (HAN) focused on energy management and saving; a communication infrastructure that enables value-added services related to energy usage, consumption, and costs in the HAN.
A typical Energy@Home system includes an ADSL gateway with wireless connectivity using ZigBee(R) wireless protocol; a smart information device connected to the electricity meter through a USB ZigBee dongle key; smart appliances; and smart plugs that allow ZigBee-enabled appliances to communicate with the HAN.
Bruno Baylac, Freescale Semiconductor’s director of the company’s Medical, Meteringand Connectivity solutions division, says, “Freescale is committed to providing solutions for energy management around the world. We are excited about the rapid and innovative developments achieved by the Energy@Home consortium. Our longstanding relationship with Energy@Home members and other leaders in the smart grid, smart meter, appliances and networking sectors enables us to provide a broad and deep level of expertise in supporting this critical project.”
Claudio Borean, Telecom Italia’s Energy@Home task leader, reports that the Energy@Home project is preparing to field test in 100 homes over the next few months, using the ZigBee protocol in an integrated platform that allows cooperation “between the main devices involved in residential energy management is based on the ZigBee Home automation standard promoted by the ZigBee alliance.”
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