In-Home Technology Choices
Energate offers many alternatives to connect the utility with in-home devices. Two-way connectivity provides status on device availability, system health, load available for curtailment, and actual Demand Response participation. For consumers, the two-way communication enables remote control of Energate’s smart thermostats and load control switches as well as electricity consumption data collection.
Broadband communications provide the most feature-rich experience for both the utility and the consumer. Capable of transmitting utility signals including load control, pricing and text messages, broadband also enables real-time feedback on the availability and success of devices for load control events. Consumer engagement for demand response and energy efficiency programs can be achieved through the use of broadband. Broadband Internet communications enables near-real-time monitoring and control of electricity load use and the ability to remotely adjust their home temperature and thermostat schedule from the MyEnergate web portal and/or mobile apps. A gateway converts ZigBee® to IP to allow communications over the consumers Internet connection.
AMI Smart Meters
In homes where a ZigBee smart meter is installed and the AMI network has the required capabilities, Energate devices can use the ZigBee enabled smart meter as a communications path to receive utility signals and return device status information to the utility about load control activities following an event.
Ingenu’s RPMA® (Random Phase Multiple Access) communications is incorporated into CCDR. RPMA offers unparalleled coverage delivering radio frequency (RF) performance using two-way, point-to-multipoint communications. With an unprecedented 172 dB of link-budget, an Ingenu RPMA network access point can cover an area of up to 400 square miles (1,036 km2) with 16,000 end-points.
Pager communications provide one-way access to participating homes over the 900 MHz FLEX paging network. While this option does not provide for any feedback to check the status of participating homes and devices, it is an effective option where neither broadband nor a ZigBee enabled AMI network is available.
Data (enabled through two-way communications)
Electricity consumption data can be collected directly from a ZigBee-enabled smart meter or through a meter-reading sensor that transmits consumption data to the Energate smart thermostat or in-home display. With two-way communications the data is available to the consumer through the MyEnergate web portal and mobile apps to monitor electricity consumption and make informed decisions on electricity use.
Energate has established relationships with a number of program service providers across North America, and is ready to bring the right match to the table to provide a seamless experience to both a utility and its customers.
Energate also provides training and commercial, operational, and customer support to ensure a successful utility program.
CCDR can support either a utility’s existing demand response management system or Energate’s load management software (LMS) via Energate’s CORE Middleware.
Integrating with a third-party portal or Energate’s LMS provides utilities with a powerful operational planning and control tool. With LMS utilities can know how many of the deployed homes are ready to respond at any moment in time and can deal more effectively with local capacity issues.
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