Energate's Consumer Connected Demand Response (CCDR) is an innovative solution set designed to meet the needs of a Demand Response industry in transition. Energate works in collaboration with Utilities to ensure that technology adapts to their specific needs and program goals.
The CCDR solution is configurable as two-way DR over Broadband, which is represented in the diagram.
The Broadband solution works by communicating between the utility and the home over the consumer’s high speed internet access. Each consumer home is equipped with load control devices (smart thermostats, load switches), and an Energate ZIP Connect, which bridges from the IP (Ethernet) network to a ZigBee Smart Energy Profile network in the home for device control.
The ZIP Connect has been carefully designed to allow truly “plug and play” installation. Connecting to an open port on the consumer’s router, the ZIP Connect automatically tunnels through a consumer firewall and establishes a highly secure socket with Energate CORE servers for communication to and from the home. This connection is robust and automatically re-establishes itself if internet access is interrupted for any reason.
The broadband communications option offers a number of benefits to both the utility and the consumer because of the high speed and capacity of this connection.